Imagine you get a phone call on a Friday evening asking if you’re available to venture into Detroit to photograph the current Vice President of the United States of America on Monday. Putting all political differences aside, would you be curious? i was. i saw it as an opportunity i simply could not pass up. So, i packed up my gear and zipped over to the motor city and had the experience of a lifetime.
i was considered a volunteer for the event, but got a wee bit of security clearance so i could not only shoot the event VPOTUS, Joe Biden was speaking at, i could also take the “photo line” photos. (Someone snapped mine, below.) i was awestruck by the number of people it took to put on such an event. Roads were blocked, police were in force, secret servicemen were at every corner and there were all kinds of volunteers directing the crowds… It was a sight to see!
When i conduct my interviews for the “Everyone Has a Story” project, i ask “Have you ever had any brushes with fame?” If asked, i will be able to answer that question with, “In 2012 i got to photograph and meet the VPOTUS, Joe Biden…” What an impressive story that will make! Truth is, i’m just getting going in my career. That may be just the beginning of a very long answer.