By Dustin ChambersFriday June 30, 2017 08:14 pm EDT
In the photo biz, we call this camera-over-the-head move a "Hail Mary." This was a fine-tuned Hail Mary that turned out as I'd hoped. I made this image during Jon Ossoff's concession speech on June 20, 2017. I was photographing for the campaign, so was at the hotel hours before press and supporters arrived, which gave me time to secure a ladder behind the stage and practice the shot before the fact. This was one of several locations I knew I wanted to shoot from during his speech, so I had to be quick, especially since I didn't know how long his speech would be (turned out to be a little under four minutes). I'm happy with the shot the only thing that could be better in my mind is if Alicia, Jon's fianc̩e, were better framed in the set of flags beside him. That being said, I was standing on a very tall ladder with my arm fully extended to get the camera over the curtain.
I went to the funeral for Christina Baber, 25, at Refugee Temple Ministries on the Westside on Saturday afternoon. She grew up in the English Avenue neighborhood. On Thursday, she died while sitting on her grandma’s porch in English Avenue. The Fulton County Medical Examiner's office is awaiting toxicology reports to help determine the cause of her death.
? I went to Martel Homes this past week to shoot a photo related to "Dirty South," the song from the 1995 Goodie Mob album Soul Food, on which Cool Breeze references the East Point housing project and says, essentially, that’s where he learned to cut and sell cocaine. I walked around looking for a scene that related to the lyric which, to me, was about the cultivation of power or...
? Photographs of concerts this big rarely represent the photographer’s experience. This photo is no different. For each artist that night, we were allowed to photograph two songs of each act from a weird, VIP fan-filled side-stage pit at the Georgia Dome. I usually try to photograph one opener to get a sense of where I’ll be shooting from, the light, interesting groups of fans near...