Portrait of Rob Nelson - Founder of Big League Chew

I have fond memories of Big League Chew. That sweet smell when you open the foil pouch. The whimsy of the shredded bits of gum that is supposed to make you feel you are using chew. That burst of pure unadulterated sugar the fills your mouth with spit when you first start chomping.  So imagine my excitement when we got assigned to photograph Rob Nelson, the founder of this iconic gum, for the Washington Post.  Little did I know this would then involve me peeling gum off his face as we asked him endlessly to blow bubbles.  But you do what you have to for art, and Rob was such a good sport about the whole thing, there was nothing to do but laugh, continue to alternatively shoot and peel, and blow a few bubbles ourselves.

For the Washington Post