“these flying machines”

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Bishop Clark,  Auburn WA

These flying machines, what do you call them, airplanes!  We didn’t have them back in my day, you would have been crazy to even be thinking about it.”

01.29.2010 words from the 106 yr old man himself as he marveled at my photo equipment

I often get asked,  ‘what’s the favorite photograph you’ve ever made?’  I never have a real answer, as I suppose I’m always thinking the next day will yield an image that exceeds anything I’ve produced.  However,  if you asked me that question today,  I’d have to say my recent session with the amazing 106 yr old (soon to be 107) Bishop Clark for Time Magazine.

It was just one of those moments that rarely happens during a portrait session.  It’s always an intricate and delicate dance to create authentic portrayals of the people I meet.  I guess you could say we were good dance partners,  because it was just flowing and full of life.  Our dialogue and energy were in sync, and he trusted me to do my job.

The image above can be seen in the current issue of Time.  It’s part of a larger story which tries to shine light on how centenarian’s thrive and live healthy lives.

Below are some other images that I liked from the assignment:

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Me + Otis after the shoot


lori dawson for smart money

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Lori Dawson – Mercer Island

The above image can be found in the current March issue of Smart Money Magazine.  Lori is an amazing woman and widowed mother of three teenagers.  She’s been fighting cancer for a few years now,  and has had the unfortunate situation of having to battle her insurance company as they tried to stop disability payments.

With the help of an attorney,  Lori was able to receive the disability she deserved.  The article touches on the growing costs of disability and the difficulties that lie in the system.

The two images below are outtakes from our session:

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unpremeditated art

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‘birds’ – Port Townsend, WA

Hail to thee, blithe spirit!
Bird thou never wert,
That from Heaven, or near it,
Pourest thy full heart
In profuse strains of unpremeditated art.
Percy Bysshe Shelley

in a van

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“van” – queen anne

I have been super lame about posting on Mondays,  a tradition I attempted to start on the blog long ago (thanks Chloe for reminding me).  I’m going to make another attempt at being more faithful about sharing random photographs I make while walking around.  This one is dedicated to lovers of the Econoline.  Cheers.