#tbt Safety Glasses Series
During my apprenticeship with Carty one of the things he mentioned was creating personal projects for myself, something to constantly work on, something someday I could be recognized by. That happened early on for me with this series, I had found these glasses in his toolbox and they looked fashionable to me so I took them and started shooting anyone that would let me in them. I was a “in training” portrait photographer at the time and these glasses served as a way to break the ice for the subjects I was shooting. I figured this was a solid way of creating rapport before I really honed in one ability to connect with my portrait sitter. Plus they looked really fun on people. I ended up shooting last I checked about 100 portraits. This one is of Lillian whom I met on a photo walk with Jamel Shabazz about 5 years ago and was the cover of my first portfolio book as well as PDN online chose it as it’s photo of the day. Pretty sweet day for me when I found that news out.
The lesson to the young emerging photogs, personal work. Make something that you’ll make regardless of the other work you do to get hired or seen Etc. Do it for your own sanity. Do it for therapy. It’s a lovely thing to have a body of work that you’ve dedicated to. Sometimes it pays off externally sometimes internally, but do yourself a favour and start a personal project!