Friday, September 30, 2016

Behind the Photo: Donkeys at the Fair

Posted By on Fri, Sep 30, 2016 at 2:00 PM

While working on a photo essay about the Faces of the State Fair of Virginia, I wandered across these two donkeys in one of the agriculture tents. This image is simple yet sweet, and offers a glimpse into the hundreds of opportunities the fair offers photographers.

The first thing I noticed was the docile donkey in the foreground, his face against the textured back of the other donkey. The faceless donkey's ears popping up and framing the mother and child is a happy accident, while the girl in the foreground making eye contact adds intrigue and a sense of wonderment.

Taken with a Nikon D750, 62mm at ISO 500, 1/100 sec at F7.1.

Friday, September 9, 2016

Behind the Photo: Remembering a Friend

Posted By on Fri, Sep 9, 2016 at 10:30 AM

Noah Maqsher is comforted by Sylvester Barksdale as he mourns the death of his friend Habeeb "Sam" Hafeed during a vigil on Nine Mile Road. Hafeed was murdered outside the convenience store he owned on the evening of Aug. 24.

Photographer's Note: This image appeared in the Sept. 7 issue of Style accompanied by a story I wrote about Hafeed's murder. I keep coming back to this image because it shows the sorrow associated with gun violence. The look on Maqsher's face is one of deep sorrow and anguish, while Barksdale's is more emotional, as if in disbelief.

The original image ran in color, but it's more powerful as a black and white. By removing the color, the viewer's eyes go directly to the hands and the faces, which tell the story.

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