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Nice Lawyers … Really

One fascinating aspect of my job is to experience the cultures of different organizations. Sometimes the vibe I get is palpable. Sensitivity to this  culture is  critical in order to work well. My interaction is often broad and deep, and I need to play by their rules or my clients and their contacts can pay a steep price.  An organization with a good vibe is a pleasure to work in. The law firm, Goulston & Storrs, is just that (at least for me). This is a place where people seem to like and respect each other, find a place to do well and do good in the world, and they get my jokes. I just finished shooting some ads for their litigation department. It was a good day.

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In the spirit of Christmas

 

I suspect that the flood of traumatic and dramatic  information that washes over us every day as we go about our lives anesthetizes us, out of sheer survival, to the hard and horrible events in the world.  It couldn’t be otherwise. This information is nothing new. We are not a gentle species and nature is a force we seem to  perpetually underestimate. The difference is that we didn’t know then; not immediately. We know now, almost instantly. Sandy Hook is an exception to this rule for me.  The horror of this event in a place so like my own, inflicted on children so like my own, is inescapable.  As we move into this season of light, of hope, of possibility in the company of family and friends, burdened by those sad, sad stories and imagined nightmares, we can still hope; hope that our children are safe in their world, hope that there are warm and loving places that we can all get to, hope that we can see the goodness laid bare and treasure it, hope that we can offer up our own goodness to the world around us.   I wish you all a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with fine moments. In the end, that is what we have.

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Silence is Golden … sometimes

Any portrait is a process of discovery for me. I talk a lot and ask a lot of questions. The upside is that I get reaction and a fluid energy. My chatter wasn’t working with this guy. Needing to change something, I asked him to simply talk to me about something important to him. My silence created a place for him to be. Silence … live and learn

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Portrait of a DC Troublemaker

I have done a lot of work for a very large law firm in Boston. A few years ago I had a chance to photograph many of their first year associates for a recruiting brochure. In the course of the interactions, I asked a lot of them if they loved the law. Not one answered affirmatively.

I have shot 4 of the last 6 covers for The Law School … an annual publication for NYU, usually featuring their most distinguished graduates or professors. These guys love the law. This year was no exception.

Neil Barofsky is a born troublemaker. A relentless investigator, a creative and fearless prosecutor, he has made trouble for Columbian druglords and powerful financiers. Most recently, he has been assigned the task (by the Obama Administration) of finding out what happened to that 400 billion dollar TARP give away in late 2008 and early 2009. It seems noone had bothered to ask. As nothing is simple for anyone with strong moral compass in Washington DC, he is ruffling feathers in many different government neighborhoods. He is a very low key, nice guy. He is, also, very busy.

Neil graciously gave us a two hour window. The art director and myself scouted early in the morning and pulled off 5 situations. I like working fast … things don’t get too fussy. My assistants tell me their worst nightmare is me with time on my hands. No problems here.

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