Saturday, February 24, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA - I took a whole series of reference photos in Iraq that were never intended for publication, but when I started looking at them, they were just too powerful not to share.
Part of my workflow is to have people I photograph fill out a numbered "shot card" which includes their name and other personal information. I have them hold the card up next to their face, and then take a snapshot so that I have a photo to tie their face to the number so that I can keep track of who's who, and hopefully get everyone's name spelled correctly.
The interesting thing about telling somebody that you are just taking a picture for your records and asking them to hold up the card is that they relax. This collection of photos is some of the most true to life portraits I've ever taken.
Here is a link to the complete collection: http://ericbowen.smugmug.com/gallery/2489071#131661532
Day by Day, by Chris Muir (updated daily)
Chris Muir is the cartoonist that I met in Kuwait. He spent two weeks in Iraq at the same time I was there in February 2007, and so thought it would relevant to showcase his work on my site. Here is a link to Chris' humorous travelogue of this Iraq trip: http://billroggio.com/archives/2007/03/arrival_alignright_v.php