Believe it or not, this is not a photograph of Russ McClintock. This is a photograph of me. Russ emailed last weekend asking if I wouldn’t mind stepping in front of his lens. My initial reaction was ‘no way’. People are always telling me that my blog would be more successful if I put pictures of myself on it, but this is not about me or my personal style. And anyway, I much prefer being the one in control of the camera.
So, why did I decided to put on a brave face (and a little too much make up)? For starters, I wanted to embrace my fear. It’s strange, I have no problem talking on the radio or to a video camera, but poke a Nikon at me and I get very self conscious – and, to be honest, I can still see a lot of that in this photo.
The second reason I said yes, was because I wanted to meet Russ. I’d seen his work once before – in the National Portrait Gallery’s 2010 Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize competition. I’d been so amazed by the photographs on show that I’d bought the catalogue, and Russ’ pic of Allegra was one of my favourites.
So, here it is. This is me in my vintage Matthew Williamson dress feeling vulnerable and in desperate need of a haircut. Thank you, Russ for asking me to take part in this project, and for answering some questions for i am not a celebrity too.
who are you: I’m Russ McClintock. I live in northwest London and I am a photographer, blogger and husband.
where are you from: I’m from America. I moved to the UK from Chicago in 2009.
what do you do: I photograph people and I also do a bit of IT consulting for a local primary school.
why do you do it: The consulting is done for money and also because I like helping out the youth and being a part of my community. I photograph people because I like the process and also because I like meeting people.
what inspires you: People who do things because they really want to do them.
what are you most proud of: Work wise, I am proud of having an image in the Taylor Wessing Photographic Portrait Prize at the National Portrait Gallery in 2010. Personally, I am proud of having ridden my bicycle all the way across the US. Locally, I am proud of all the Londoners that have worked so hard to restore the city after the recent riots. When I first moved to the city I noticed this spirit but I never dreamed I would see it put to use in such a manner.
What equipment do you use: Nikon D7000. 35mm f1.8 and 50mm f1.4 lenses.
Image courtesy of Russ McClintock.