environmental portrait photography
Spent the day at PeaceHealth Sacred Heart Medical Center at RiverBend in Springfield, OR for an interesting story about unionization and how their plan to increase efficiency by outsourcing doctors drove a group of its hospitalists to fight back by banding together. Our two heros for the story were Dr. Rajeev Alexander and Dr. David M. Schwartz. Schwartz is the president of the union that was formed in reaction to the hospital's announcement that it wanted to outsource the facility’s 36 hospitalists. As a result the administration junked their plan. Want to know more, check out the New York Times Story.
Aaron Draplin, design man about town. Got to spend the day snooping around his studio for the New York Times, where every drawer contains wonderful surprises. It is like the flea market version of Willie Wonka's Chocolate Factory. You may know Aaron for his handy Field Notes books, which I love except for the fact that I now have half filled ones scattered around my office. Want to take a bigger peek into his nooks and crannies?
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.