He doesn’t know this, but I was a little more nervous than usual as I set up my studio last week for his session. “He” is Gary… an amazing photographer whose work I truly respect … but more than that he is a really wonderful, passionate and generous person.
For a photographer, “shooting” a colleague is always a little stressful and as this was his first time to be the model “on the other side” of the lens, he was a nervous as I was
But “why” may you ask ?… The reason he was coming over to the studio is that he’s going to be joining a Sea Shepheard mission for three months to try and stop the massacre of Whales that happens in Antarctica every winter.
I’m so grateful to people like Gary… people who give up comfort, safety, work and most importantly their loved ones to do “the right thing” for all the rest of us. I’m not ready to do what he does, but I wanted to thank him with what I know how to do… so I offered to do a little Session with his beautiful family… and all his gear to document the preparation and departure, and of course create some family shots to take along to sea.
Can’t wait to see what he’s going to be bringing back with him!
If you too would like to support Gary, he’s organising a “Night for the Whales” at Hemingways by the Bay in Discovery Bay this coming Saturday (23rd October)… come on down… it’s going to be fun… there’s going to be music and drinks and his beautiful work…
p.s. if you can’t make it, but still want to contribute, you can contact Gary directly. http://www.garystokesphotography.com/blog/