I’ve made mention to photos I’ve taken earlier this year that had not yet published. Well, now they’ve published.
Here’s a random selection of photos that I’ve been sitting on for a couple of months.I took portraits of several bearded gentlemen for a story (and the cover art) for our 815 Magazine. I found a gritty backdrop in the paper’s old press hall. I set up my lights (my old faithful DIY beauty dish) and shot each guy as if they were going to be the magazine cover.
It was a different exercise for me as I usually try to shoot to fill the frame. This time, I had to shoot loose so we could crop for a magazine cover. I also would ordinarily try to create more variety between subjects, but the goal for this was to have similar lighting and poses.
Here are a few frames from the project.I was also working on a story about the high rate of gunfire in a particular neighborhood in Freeport. I first went out to get a feel for the neighborhood. I needed some scene setters of these particular streets. I went up and down the streets with a reporter and we talked to residents about their experiences. I knew these photos didn’t paint a complete picture. While we did have a few warm days in Feb., the winter months are quieter than the spring and summer months. Also, things tend to be quieter during the daytime. So I blocked off some time to ride along with the Freeport Police Department one evening.
I met Freeport Police Cpl. Ben Johnson at the station and we headed out on patrol. Shortly after, he got a call that took us to the far opposite side of town on a domestic violence call.I knew this had nothing to do with the story we were working on as it was not only not a shots fired report, it was not in the neighborhood we were focused on. But as long as I had access, I kept shooting pictures. It’s always better to have photos and not need them than need them and not have them. Next, Cpl. Johnson went back over to the neighborhood that was the focus of the story to back up a K-9 officer on a traffic stop. The officer had pulled over a vehicle for expired tags. The officers told me that the harder they work, the better results they get. So they may stop a vehicle for a minor violation and subsequently find weapons, drugs, etc. In this case, the K-9 altered to the presence of drugs. The passengers were told to get out of the car and handcuffed while officers searched the vehicle. Nothing was found and the men were released. Toward the end of our evening, Cpl. Johnson pulled over a vehicle for running a stop sign. The man was arrested for driving with a suspended license. I wish I had more time to spend in the neighborhood to paint a better picture of the gunfire problem.