May 3, 2010

I shot an icon

"Even in the darkest of times comes the most interesting work." - Annie Leibovitz.

Camera in tow, scoping out spaces in a packed Syracuse University Hendricks Chapel, I was informed there would be no photography allowed. Disappointed, bewildered yet undeterred, I looked to the photo Goddess before me and asked - what would she do? Surely, she'd shoot herself. And so I did, as discretely as possible.

Seeing Annie in the flesh provided the obvious thrill, but I was disheartened and almost put to sleep as she read about her work verbatim from one of her more recent books, "At Work".

But it was en route to shooting some music for the Ithaca Post the following evening that I shot this reflection, and couldn't help but think I had been inspired by Annie's most recent personal project, titled "Pilgrimage" - a collection of images documenting homes and rooms of artistic and literary giants.

Inspiration struck again the following day, although maybe in the key of Lauren Greenfield.

To see more photos from last weekend's photo adventures, check out the Ithaca Post.


Owen said...

"But I did not shoot no deputy..."

Wow, you were that close to... to HER ? Incredible... what a mythic figure. You never cease to amaze.

And I'm glad you braved the ban and took the shots... What a non-sequitur; photography banned at a presentation by one of the biggest names in photography ever...

louciao said...

I think Annie L. herself would be proud of that photo, and of you for being ballsy enough to take it. Your live-action photography of bands performing in full throttle is always amazing.