Thursday, October 08, 2009

Let the light do the talking

"Jill Gullickson, 44, of Payson poses for a portrait outside her place of business in Orem, Friday, Oct. 2, 2009. Gullickson was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year and has been dealing with the disease in a holistic, natural way. "

Nothing is worse than getting an assignment and thinking, "Where the hell am I going to shoot this portrait?"

That's exactly what I thought when I got a call to cover a last minute portrait near the end of my shift.

It was a preview story on Jill Gullickson, who diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. Over the weekend there was a benefit for her.

So I was called to her work. A check cashing place on a busy road. It was small, cluttered and ugly.

The reporter was interviewing, so I decided to scope out the outside of the building.

Much like the inside, there wasn't much room to work. I had a old, busted fence, a wooden walkway and a 5x5 square of grass. Beyond that was a road and a parking lot.

In all honesty, I was having a mini panic attack. I was getting ready to admit defeat and enter my soon-to-be-portrait in my "get a new career" folder on my computer.

Yep, a folder I keep all of the really bad pictures I take to help remind me that I need to step my game up when feeling down.

Anyways, with some luck and searching I found great light coming through a large tree behind this warehouse in the parking lot. Clean background, great light.

I am glad things worked out, other wise you wouldn't have a new post today. Hahaha. I kid. I am glad it worked out and helped tell her battle with cancer and how positive she is.

And sorry for all the black and white frames lately. I don't know if it's all the Radiohead I've been listening to, the way I've been feeling or if I really feel the conversion helps these frames.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Greyscale or not, the image still gets the message across. Facing cancer would put anyone in a thoughtful mood. I think you're finally pulling out of a photographer's version of a writer's block. Great image.

Thursday, October 08, 2009 5:45:00 PM  

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