It’s about the moment, composition, light and the background! My editorial work is founded on 20 years as a photojournalist so capturing the moment is key for all my work. My work flow is to work efficiently and as unobtrusively as possible. Anticipation and being in the right place at the right time is fundamentally important to my success in editorial. You have to think on your feet and see beyond the obvious.
This is the late Senator Barry Goldwater. This photograph is currently housed in the National Archives of the Smithsonian Institutions, National Portrait Gallery Washington, D.C. It is featured prominently as the closing photograph to the HBO documentary film Mr. Conservative and has been published in several publications including Arizona Highways. This is the last formal portrait of the Senator prior to his death in 1998.
This is how I made the portrait. I posed him in a profile because his face is so defined by the strength of his bone structure. I have seen him with the bulldog cane prior to the shoot so I asked him to sit with it. That cane is definitive Goldwater that also mimicked his own caricature in the portrait. It was a must for this portrait.