Sunday, February 28, 2010

Honoring Dr. Fullwood [Dr. Dowdell]

Honoring Dr. Fullwood
Honoring Dr. Fullwood

I got the chance to go back to Gainesville to support Black Gator Grads in honoring a longtime faculty member and activist, during her years as a student and as a resident of Gainesville, Dr. Betty Fullwood.
She's finally retiring as as faculty member- and my fondest memories aren't from when we called her Dr. Dowdell during the minority program for freshmem, PAACT, but rather from talking to her one-on-one for a photo project for Blacklisted! I left her office with a sense of warmth, intelligence and selflessness that will be missed in her absence.

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Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Pakistani Princess [in Green]

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Ahem, these are a few days overdue, but I'm sure it is worth the wait! Thanks again Nida for an awesome shoot...felt like every costume change allowed for a different pose, and yet a gorgeous model nevertheless.

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Sunday, February 14, 2010

Val's Day

Val's Day

So I tweeted this earlier today and realized I should share the love with yall on the blog as well: "Happy love day, if you're 'cuffed up' or not...show affection to someone, anyone. There's blessing in loving others as yourself."

The flowers are a few from a bouquet my dad, with my approval, gave my mom. Mine were sent to the significant other a few days ago. I guess I'm a chip off the old block.

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Thursday, February 11, 2010

Pakistani Princess [in blue]

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Different cultures fascinate me. I first met Nida in high school and we became really good friends; so much so she'd sneak into my 7th period class almost every day senior year. Years later we are all grown up, and yet we're still very much the same personalities.
It was a privilege to have her come into the studio and adorn some of her beautiful Pakistani clothing. This is the first of a three part installment and each series[color] captures a candid set of expressions.

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Monday, February 1, 2010

Camera Shy

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Debbie came by the studio last week. I learnt an important lesson: that personality carries through any picture and what may separate someone who has a camera and a photographer is the ability to glean expressions from your subject. Debbie is extremely camera shy. The first umpteenth shots were of her covering her face entirely. After cracking jokes, ahem very corny jokes, I was able to convince the high school junior that its ok to smile at the camera.

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