This is one picture in a series I shot of Juliet as “Roberta” and Matt Williamson as “Danny.” I like the “them against the world” feel of the characters in this image.
This Social Distortion image has a bit of the same feel.
Here, Keith Szarabajka is on the set of his play, where he played a tortured artist. I particularly like the hooded eyes and the way his arms are wrapped around himself.
I took this image of Russell T Davies, one of the truly great writers of our time. I love the humanity in his work. I wanted to capture that as well as his enormous sense of curiosity.
Thanks for taking a look
Particularly liked Szarabajka’s picture. I quite often prefer black and white to colour. Perhaps a throwback to my old Box Brownie days (it used Kodak 620 film, if memory serves). The old thing was pretty reliable but seriously Did Not Do Colour. Its successor, the Zenit (Zenith?) EM could at least cope with colour film but was chiefly memorable for its incredible durability – harder to kill than Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Predator.” It fell off a table onto an Italian tile floor once and cracked the floor…
Anyway, it may be middle-aged dyspepsia or grumpiness, but I sometimes find modern Hollywood films a tad too lush and colourful and prefer the stark clarity of black and white. A bit like savouring a single Polo mint as opposed to stuffing the mouth with large jelly babies. “Avatar,” for example, was like this, and after a while the overloaded senses failed to appreciate the spectacle. A few days later, I caught a clip of “The Third Man” and its striking cinematography and understated acting was a wonderfully sobering contrast.
I won’t pretend to have deep insight into Mr Szarabajka’s pose (Autists don’t have much social imagination) but it does look a bit like the typical introverted loner (hands crossed over the torso) who needs to suffer in order to create art. I have a theory about that, based on the difference between the wiring of autistic and neuro-typical brains, but I think I’ll leave that for another day…