Tuesday, March 3, 2009
i had the distinct pleasure of photographing the mayor of augusta, ga - DEKE COPENHAVER. along with being a very gracious subject, he is also one of the best loved local political figures in decades. he has an ongoing conversation with closing on 3000 constituents through his facebook page. we collaborated (through facebook) on a shot that would convey augusta's strength and direction through this economic climate. to that end, we shot the new library construction site and an area along the newly reclaimed canal system. what we didn't plan on was the 28 degree weather. DEKE told a great story of how seeing his name permanently carved in a huge marble slab along the canals was one of those moments when he thought - wow, i really am the the mayor. (not a quote, more of a paraphrase) i scratched my name in concrete once, so i can kinda relate to the permanence... but can't even come close to the gravity. GOOD JOB DEKE. and THX for your time.