Stranger a Day.

5 Aug

Before becoming a stylist, I had the pleasure of assisting a lot of really great photographers in both the US and internationally.   One of my favorite people to work for was local photographer Roark Johnson.   I always loved assisting for Roark because his excitement for photography is contagious.  He never puts his camera down.  Having a 2 hour drive to our 7 am call time wouldn’t stop Roark  from taking pictures along the way to the location.  He truly was born to be a photographer and could never envision himself doing anything else.  A lot of people think they’re this way, but it is easier said than done when your hobby becomes your job.

Roark did this amazing project with 8×10 film (if you don’t know what this is, you can find the definition in an Encylopedia Britannica in the basement of your local library), where he schlepped his camera around every day to wherever he was working, vacationing, eating, you name it and took one frame a day of a stranger with his Deardorff camera.  Seeing how nowadays with digital we take a minimum of 20 frames of everything before we feel comfortable walking away, I consider this really impressive.  The series is knock your socks off amazing and I’m posting about it because I don’t want it to be forgotten.  Someone needs to show these images in a gallery somewhere because they deserve to be seen as big as humanly possible.  Oh 8 x 10, how I miss you and your lack of grain.  Here are some of my favorites.

One Response to “Stranger a Day.”

  1. Tracy Z August 5, 2010 at 7:22 PM #

    this is a great series! thx for sharing

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