Recently I have been going back through some of my older photo images, taken earlier in my career. In doing so, I came across this one.
I have fond memories of this particular image. I shot it as part of the portfolio I needed to submit to my professors, prior to graduating from Kent State. The portfolio consisted of studio work, still life, examples of lighting, feature images, nature, sports and documentary images.
I included this photo of the young girl walking in front of her home. It was one of thirty images but has always been my favorite.
It was part of my last project at Kent, a documentary of people in rural West Virginia near the northern border of Ohio. I made several different trips to the area, sleeping in my van on each trip. It was my first documentary series of photographs.
It is a simple image that presents itself to the viewer without a need for explanation…poverty.
This same portfolio was the one I took and showed the Tampa Tribune when I applied for, and received, an internship in the spring of 1972. That internship was the start of something for me…it turned into a position as a staff photographer for 10 years. And, brought me to where I stand today.