Before David Hicks at Washingtonian Magazine approached me to do this series of portraits, I'm not sure I'd had an image published in monochrome since I was freelancing for the newsprint-ed Willamette Week in Portland, Oregon.The assignments have taken me from sunny Winter Park, Florida to the Poetry Office of the Library of Congress. The majority of my work is environmental portraiture and I'm used to working with my surroundings in a way that reflects something of my subjects. Most of the work I've done on white seamless paper has been for quick headshots (and the occasional oil-soaked rock) and it took a fair bit of work to really get my head around what these images should be about and how they might be made interesting enough to be worth seeing. In the end, the usual photographic cliches (which, on the whole are almost always true) served me well and I became laser-focused on mood, expression and gesture, ready with a trigger finger to catch something good.
Head of the Trouble Asset Relief Program (TARP) Tim Massad
Washington Nationals Manager Davey Johnson
Poet Laureate Natasha Trethewy
Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement John Morton
Opower CEO Dan Yates and Trust for the National Mall Director Teresa Durkin