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Week 209

Candice Bergen in New York City

Week 209

Candice Bergen, in her home, in New York City. Her space is a gorgeous duplex apartment, with a floor to ceiling window overlooking Central Park, that was first used as an artist loft at the turn of the 20th century. It is a fitting environment for Candice. She’s a wonderful photographer and we use the same lab, Chelsea Photographic, to process our film. Her space is littered with art and photography books. She is witty, funny, and extremely entertaining. Towards the end of our shoot she asked to put on a pair of prop reindeer antlers that she used at a recent costume party: you can’t say no to that. – JD

Week 208

Shayne Oliver / Hood by Air in New York City

Week 208

Shayne Oliver, creator of Hood by Air, in New York City. Shayne has had a meteoric rise from dropping out of FIT to commanding a brand that boasts fans like Kayne West, Rhianna & Kendrick Lamar. Shayne was quiet and reserved when I came by his downtown headquarters to take his portrait. HBA is nothing short of unique. I enjoyed photographing him ensconced in racks of his work. – JD

Week 206

Neil deGrasse Tyson in New York City

Week 206

Neil deGrasse Tyson in New York City at the Hayden Planetarium. Mr. Tyson is a stalwart for science, full of meme-worthy tidbits, and self-described servant of your cosmic curiosity. The Natural History Museum is one of my favorite places in New York City. The chance to shoot there with Neil was stellar. His office is perfect. He loves to teach, he loves to talk, and is simply fun to be around. When I had a scientific journal set aside for him to peruse while we shot, he said, “No, no, no, I’d never read that book. Let’s get a good one.” I couldn’t have asked for a better choice than the oversized NASA Atlas of the Solar System: a big book for a big personality. It was a pleasure. – JD

Week 205

Lily Tomlin in Los Angeles.

Week 205

Lily Tomlin in Los Angeles. What a treat this was. We were originally scheduled to photograph in a hotel in the hills, but had to audible at the last second because they were not accommodating. What seemed like a shoot about to quickly go sour changed into an ideal situation. We moved it to Lily’s office which was filled with awards, dozens of movie posters and walls lined with West Wing original cuts. The breadth of Lily’s career is astounding. She was sassy, intelligent, sweet and bought us lunch. – JD

Week 204

Courtney Love and Todd Almond in New York City.

Week 204

Courtney Love and Todd Almond for Kansas City Choir Boy in New York City. Courtney Love is one of those “pinch yourself” subjects. I never expected to have an opportunity to photograph her. Though, this is really the reason why I’m a photographer: icons like Courtney. Todd arrived first, a lovely and very tall man. They got along perfectly. Courtney spoke about all the photographers she’s worked with from Avedon to Leibovitz. After the portraits I shot some acoustic rehearsal, and a few weeks later I made it to the opening show. The progression: meeting the lead actors to rehearsal to performance was a unique treat. The show was surprising and astounding. Courtney and Todd killed it. – JD

 

Week 203

Vanessa Hudgens in New York City.

Week 203

Vanessa Hudgens for Gigi in New York City. Vanessa plays the title character in this musical revival that was just picked up to debut on Broadway. Before our shoot I got a sneak peak of the cast rehearsing a few numbers. Vanessa was full of energy on stage, and their rendition of The Night They Invented Champaign was a spectacle. I enjoyed taking Vanessa’s portrait; she was cute and charming. By the end we were doing our best Audrey Hepburn impression, which is what this is truly all about. – JD

Week 202

Al Green in Memphis, TN.

Week 202

Al Green, singing, in Memphis, TN. I have a few playlists reserved for all my shoots and they’re littered with Al Green classics. Thinking it would be in poor taste to have Love and Happiness pop on the Bose in the middle of our shoot I decided to omit them before I got to Memphis. I couldn’t have been more mistaken as The Reverend couldn’t stop singing his hits our entire session. He was animated and affable. His story is transformative and his music iconic. It was an honor to be invited into his office brimming with portraits, photographs, awards and mementos of the man who worked there.  – JD

Week 201

Sting in New York City.

Week 201

Sting in New York City on the set of The Last Ship at The Neil Simon Theatre. Sting came by while we were preparing our sets and lighting, and I was surprised by his calm and open presence in the theater. It was clear this show was his baby, and this theater his home, as he greeted the theater crew and support staff. The rock and pop legend was quiet and reserved for much of our sitting. He lit up when we spoke about chess and the time he played a game against infamous grandmaster Garry Kasparov. My first love was the Beatles, and right after came The Police. The opening portrait, taken with my hasselblad on ilford film, is one of my favorites of last year. – JD

Week 200

Jimmy Page at the Bowery Hotel in New York City.

Week 200

Jimmy Page in New York City. I photographed Jimmy in conjunction with his book Jimmy Page by Jimmy Page. There was a copy at the shoot and it was an impressive collection of rare photographs. Jimmy was a John Varvatos wearing rock icon with a polite demeanor. We had the perfect setting at The Bowery Hotel. Decadent and authentic, it is where a rock legend should stay and I was lucky to have it as a backdrop. Jimmy Page is rock history. I was humbled. – JD

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