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A Face In a Place

One kind of photography that I’ve really been enjoying lately is the “environmental portrait”, or, as one of my favorite photographers, Joe McNally likes to describe it, “a face in a place.” The idea is to take a person and shoot them in a location or environment that says something about what they do, what they like or who they are as a person. The context that they’re in should have some meaning or significance and add something to the photo. It should also, hopefully, be visually interesting, or else, why would you want to show them there in the first place, right?

I’ve been fortunate to be able to do many of these kinds of portraits in my work at the University of Richmond, mostly for our university’s website, where we feature various UR students, faculty, staff and alumni and the things they’re doing on (and off) campus. Here are some of my favorites from this year. Click on the links to read more of their stories.


Biology professor Dr. Laura Runyen-Janecky and Caitlin Smith, who worked together last summer on bacteria research related to tsetse flies.


Student Jade-Evette Strachan, who worked with kids in the Richmond community at the William Byrd Community House and researched children’s interactions based on gender.


Ken Hart, the UR athletics equipment manager for 30 years. He handles lots of equipment and does lots of laundry! While doing the shoot, the women’s golf coach stopped by and teased us, saying, “I don’t see any golf clubs in this scene!”


Law student Providence Okoye. She is from Nigeria and is looking forward to fulfilling her dream of working in the legal field and helping people. She already has two clerkships (working in a courthouse for a state or federal judge) lined up for after she graduates.


English major Nicole Prunetti who did summer research into Shakespeare’s knowledge of 16th and 17th century law. Taken at UR’s Jepson Theatre stage.


And last, but not least, a family-related photo. This is my cousin Bruce, who really, really likes Coke and has a vast memorabilia collection of “The Real Thing.”

Meeting these people and getting to know them through their activities and interests seems endlessly fascinating to me and thoroughly enjoyable. It’s one aspect of doing photography I love so much.

January 24, 2011 - 8:58 am Faithful - Nice! Love the pictures especially the one with Providence Okoye(aka. my sister). You did a great job capturing her passion and dreams. Love the background.

January 28, 2011 - 11:34 pm admin - Thanks Faithful. I'm glad you like it.

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