It’s taken awhile to get past the sting of losing one of my favorite gigs. When VIP Wichita Magazine’s parent company pulled the plug on us, it blindsided me and I spent a few days touring the local watering holes with my editor in a mix of reminiscence and mourning the loss of a publication he built from the ground up.
Janelle King is a staple of all things Wichita. President of the Douglas Design District, owner of The Workroom, and one of the pioneers of reigniting civic pride here where the rivers meet. Photographing her for VIP Wichita Magazine was an honor – getting to know her while doing so is why I love my work.
This Friday, September 29 from 6-9 p.m., my personal project “Shapes” will be shown at Vanya Designs at 520 S. Commerce!
I’ve been working on this project since 2012 and have created 5846 images for it in the process. It’s evolved over these past 5 years, sometimes slowly, and sometimes all at once. See the Artist Statement below for more info on how the project came to be. Huge thank you to Alicia at Vanya Designs for hosting my work, and to DJ Carbon for providing the backbeat for the opening!
Building a portfolio for a new model is an exciting job. It’s a day full of playing different roles to explore several sides of someone who has never been in front of a camera before, and it’s a great way to assess a model’s natural ability and her ability to take direction.