Tuesday, February 17, 2009

GLAMOUR magazine this month...










Got a big feature in Glamour magazine this month. I spent some time on a really great story, but a really hard, delicate one too. The story was about abortion, and the assignment was to photograph women that have had them for a first person, testimonial sort of piece for the magazine. Really tell the story of having an abortion, what it's like, what regrets they may or may not have had, etc.. I liked the piece because it was fair to both sides of the issue in that it didnt treat having an abortion as something you do without alot of thought and introspection. Conversely it didnt treat having an abortion as some sort of whimsy, where you flip a coin to decide what to do. These were real stories from real women that have had them. honest. poignant. emotional. I also went to an abortion clinic in seattle to photograph the clinic, and also women coming in to have one, but without showing their faces. tough. "hello, I'm a photographer for Glamour magazine. Do you mind if I stick my camera in your face while you're in the waiting room waiting to go in and have an abortion?" It was definatley grad school for being sensitive and able to read a situation on a shoot. Of course i had the clinic backing me up and letting them know I was legit, but still hard as hell. Here's a link to the story on Glamour.com. They only used 1 pic online, but it's a good read so have a look. erLike most good stories I shoot, I learned so much more about an issue from being in the thick of it than i could ever learn from school or reading the paper. This job is great. Here's some of my favorite pictures from the various shoots, i hope you enjoy them...