What paths will life take you on? When you come to one of the many forks in the road as you journey through life which road will you take? All of us can relate to questions such as these. For me the roads have led me toward doing what I enjoy – photography. Whether it is Portrait Photography in DC or snapping shots at a Yankees versus Cyclones baseball game, my camera and I have journeyed long and hard together. This photograph reminds me of that journey – the pavement seems to match the mix of smooth and rough patches we experience in life. Andrew Hamingson, the gentleman pictured here, has been on his own journey. This portrait actually represents a crossroads in his professional life, as it was taken in Manhattan, NY on the day of his appointment as Executive Director of The Public Theater. Prior to this new position, he was the Atlantic Theater Company's Managing Director since 2004. Since this portrait was created, Hamingson has journeyed on. He became executive director of St. Ann’s Warehouse in Brooklyn and then was appointed as president of the Lower Manhattan Cultural Council. I have always appreciated that there are numerous occasions on which portrait photography preserves a significant moment in a person’s life and this was one of those times. To me, this portrait shows that he is not intimidated by the significant event of a new job position, but rather is more than prepared to change gears and journey down this new road. His attitude appears to be one of embracing the fork in the road and whatever new challenges his chosen direction will bring. It is an attitude that serves any of us well whether we are engaged in Portrait Photography in DC, theatre arts in NY or whatever our chosen path may be.
Location: Manhattan, NY.