15 Minute Shoot - Run & Gun

January 12, 2014  •  Leave a Comment

 

This was part of a series I shot on assignment for Investment Advisor magazine in Alabama. I had just finished an assignment for Juvenile Diabetes in New Orleans and was ready to fly out the next morning when I got a call from the magazine's art director Dottie Jones asking me to produce a photo shoot that was to center around an old bi-plane. The subject was an insurance salesman with the last name Barns, and so the idea was to dress him in turn-of-the-20th-Century riding gear, a la "Barnstorming" insurance guy. The thing was, we didn't have a bi-plane and I didn't know anyone in Alabama. Getting on the phone and making a series of frantic phone calls I got lucky and located a fella outside of Montgomery who actually had built his own kit bi-plane and he would let me use the plane in the photo shoot! Keep in mind that this guy doesn't know me from Adam. He even threw in a pair of goggles and a flying jacket. I bought the boots and scarf once I landed at an equestrian shop (turns out that at the dawn of aviation there really wasn't off-the-rack flying gear for pilots so they many times used equestrian riding clothes when flying) to round out the outfit. After driving two hours to a small airport in the middle of farm country, just as I was getting off the highway, it started to pour. And I mean in sheets. We all gathered in the small hanger and waited for the rain to die. The clouds finally cleared enough for us to push the plane out into the middle of the field and start shooting. Armed with a 35mm and plastic Holga, I fired away as quickly as I could from all angles, turning the plane this way and that way, instructing the "model" to look this way and that way and walk here and there. I couldn't thank the owner of the plane and our "barnstormer" enough for their patience and for putting up with me. Turns out the magazine used it as a cover shot. The whole shoot lasted 15 minutes.


Comments

No comments posted.
Loading...

Archive
January (1) February March April May June July August September October (1) November (1) December
January February (1) March April (1) May (1) June July (1) August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December
January February March April May June July August September (1) October November December
January February March April May June July August September October November December