The People - The Portraits
Man of Many Trades
Duncan arrived on his scooter wearing his black motorcycle helmet and black leather jacket. He came to give us an estimate on a tree trimming job. That summer morning when Duncan took off his helmet, the sun sparkled in his blue eyes and I thought to myself, "Duncan would make a nice portrait." Before becoming a trucker, tree trimmer and logger, Duncan was an LVN, RN and firefighter on the Mendocino Coast of Northern California. This was his first studio portrait session.
*I used an Old Masters lighting technique to enhance Duncan's features and a large studio canvas backdrop that I custom-painted.
Bill Heil and Linda Perkins
Old Growth Redwood Forest Activists
Longtime Albion residents, Bill Heil and Linda Perkins have given decades of their life working to save old growth redwood forests throughout Mendocino County. Bill relocated from Alabama to the Mendocino Coast in 1969 and has since been a dedicated local activist and wood-miller. Linda was a school teacher and taught at the Albion Whale School for many years. Most recently Bill and Linda have been working to save our beloved historic Albion River Bridge.
*Linda and Bill are friends of mine who had never had a studio portrait taken. It was a pleasure to be with them and to try to capture their strong spirits and devotion to each other. I consider them Albion icons.
Painter, Filmmaker, Organic Farmer
Carmen co-directed two award-winning feature-length documentaries: Freedom To Marry - The Journey To Justice (2005) which aired nationally on PBS and has been translated to four languages and Women on the Land - Creating Conscious Community (2012). Carmen continues to farm and she is currently working on a book of her paintings from her travels in Southern France, England and Northern California.
As I learned the art of studio photography, my ever-so-patient spouse, Carmen Goodyear, kindly modeled for me. Carmen's contemplative nature added an element of introspection to this portrait which I shot candidly while dialing in my camera settings. I later asked Carmen if she remembered what she was thinking about in this moment and she said she was reflecting on a film she recently watched - Human Flow by Ai Wei Wei, which examines the migration of refugees around the planet. I'm a fan of contemplative portraits and this is one of my faves.
Chef and Collective Member - Corners of the Mouth Health Foods Store - Mendocino
*Garnish is another Mendocino icon that I had the pleasure of photographing just before he took off for the Kate Wolf Music Festival. One of the most resilient people I know, having survived the sudden death of his beloved wife, Gail, in 2015 and heart surgery in 2016, Garnish carries on with a smile and good humor. Today Garnish is back at work at Corners of the Mouth in Mendocino (our local health food store) where he delights customers with his quick wit, charm and his amazing vintage t-shirt collection. Needless to say, Garnish is a bright light in our coastal community.
Sara Fowler and Greg Ross
Retirees Greg Ross and Sara Fowler love music and are often seen dancing front and center at local events. Although they both came to the Mendocino coast in 1976, they didn’t become a couple until 2012, sharing a love of books and nature. A former teacher, farmer, and service worker, Greg developed a landscape business and plant nursery in Albion, and continues to expand his wild, lush gardens featuring Japanese Maples, driftwood sculptures, and Bonsai. A former librarian and government analyst, Sara managed medical offices on the coast before embarking on a 19 year career as a realtor serving the Anderson Valley and the Mendocino Coast. Valuing justice, aesthetics, and love has caused her to be involved in politics and local causes.
Actor and Playwright
Sherry is a friend, actor and playwright who wrote and starred in Off-Broadways' longest running one-woman show: FAMILY SECRETS.
Sherry's written and performed numerous popular one-woman shows including OH MY GODDESS.
*I really enjoyed my studio session with Sherry.
Accustomed to being on stage,
Sherry struck some wonderful creative poses
while I concentrated on lighting and camera settings.