Not too long ago, I traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana then to Chelmsford, MA, and finally to Deland, FL to make black + white portraits for AARP. My subjects were seniors who recently lost their jobs due to the unfortunate economy.
My first stop was Fort Wayne, where I photographed Dave Tindall. The idea of the assignment was to create a strong BW portrait and then a secondary still life image that would illustrate what job the subject just lost. Dave was a super warm man who has worked in construction all of his life.
Don Hearn lives in Chelmsford, MA, which is about an hour outside of Boston. He has worked as a golf course superintendant for the past twenty years and was recently laid off. Despite the tough circumstances, Don was a cheerful man who is optimistic about the state of our economy.
The last stop was Deland, FL, just outside of Orlando. Allison worked for a local newspaper for over a decade before being abruptly laid-off when cutbacks hit her office. She wasn’t too pleased with how her termination was handled, so we lit her newspaper on fire.