I asked Mona if I could take her portrait because I couldn’t resist her two year old dog, Fluffy (see below.) Mona had Fluffy since she was a three week old puppy. The first time she saw her she fell “in love, love, love.”
Mona was in Lancaster, California, USA because she was visiting a friend. Interestingly, Mona and I met previously because she had Fluffy with her at Trader Joe’s, and I could not help but bestowing Fluffy with mass adoration that time either.
Fluffy was a Bichon Frise, and I loved this breed not only because of the cuteness factor but because I had one in the past. Please see my poem about Parko, who is now deceased.
Mona was an Otolaryngologist , that is, an ear nose throat (ENT) doctor, for almost 10 years. She graduated from Ohio State University‘s medical school. She completed her residence training at University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California, USA. After she completed her residency, she worked for a private company that hired young doctors to travel around from one site to another.
Mona decided to go into the ENT specialization because she enjoyed working with the face and ears. That was her “choice field of science.” Mona had her own practice in Orange County, where she also resided.
Image Credits: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2017 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.
I first met Jason at Antelope Valley College in an Improvisation Class. Anyone who has taken a theater class knows that you must do trust exercises. In that particular class, I paired up with Jason. Jason had to lead me around as I had my eyes closed; I could have fallen down steps or walked into something, but as soon as he touched me, I sensed he was totally trustworthy. It was a nice feeling.
Jason is very funny. He enjoys both Improv and Stand-up and is good at either. But as all comedians, he is very cerebral. This portrait is a typical expression you will see him do in improv. He will be in some situation, where he has to be evaluative and critical, and he’ll have this expression, and then, bang, he’ll reverse in a tumult of humor.
For this project, I mostly want to shoot strangers because I get to meet new people. But I was at Trader Joe’s, in Palmdale, CA, USA, and noticed someone I knew. I immediately had NO DOUBT he would let me photograph him. In fact, I also knew I could be experimental. I shot this on a rare overcast day, when I could not eek out 1 lumen off a reflector, yet still managed to get a shadow in there. I shot this with a Canon EF 8-15mm f/4L USM Fisheye Lens, at the 15 mm setting. I tried a few at 8mm, but no matter how close I got, I looked way too far away. So there you go, a portrait with an extreme wide angle lens.
Image Credit: Bat-Ami Gordin © 2016 all rights reserved. Credit if you use it, please.