As the photographer, I factor in many elements to compose an image. Sometimes I incorporate these elements, most of the time I remove them. I am more of a minimalist when given the opportunity. These particular photographs were taken of IMAS Director Julie Johnson. I had about an hour to make some photographs of Julie for RGVision Magazine so I had to move quickly. We had already moved through out the museum shooting various images with the sculptures and artwork when we came across this room. All around the room were photographs displayed at eye level with track lighting that created a beautiful, warm feeling intended to make you want to spend some time observing the interesting photos. In the middle of the room was a glass showcase displaying the contact sheets of more photos. I loved the simplicity of the room so I knew I wanted to shoot here. I went ahead a squared Julie up in the center of the room and added a small flash camera left. I was completely set up and the only left to do was to pull a vibe from Julie. We went with comfortable.
This past January I shot my first assignment working with RGVision magazine. The written article was going to be about the economic impact of Spring Break on South Padre Island and my assignment was to capture the “before the Spring Break storm” type photos, mainly because that’s all we had in January. Most of the photos felt a bit desolate but sort of made you want to be there at the same time. At least for me they did. I went with a “snapshot” style of photo, much like a visitor would shoot, but exposed and composed correctly.
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Rob Garza (McAllen ISD) and Jennifer Corroy (IDEA Public Schools) are amongst this year’s winners of TFA’s Alumni Awards for Excellence in Teaching. Congratulations to both Rob and Jennifer for receiving this national prestigious honor. Read the press release here.