BTS Sunday With David Burnett

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May 2013, New Brunswick New Jersey

Has it really been four years since I had David Burnett up on a ladder doing portraits of a the Johnson & Johnson CEO Alex Gorsky?

Indeed it has been.

The said ladder is in the photo above. He’s not up on it now. I think I was holding it when he was.

But you can see his Speed Graphix camera up on the tripod. Though David is behind his Canon at the moment.

We were on J&J’s campus. David is standing on the stone base on which sits the DRAPED RECLINING MOTHER AND CHILD bronze sculpture by Henry Moore.

David was shooting in B&W and in color. We were working on better executive portraits than executives normally get. They were for Alex’s personal space, not really for publication anywhere.

Later, I had 16×24 prints made of them, and had them framed in black frames.

Alex loved them.

I shot this with a little Canon S120 using the fake tilt/shift mode. Probably not the best function for this shot. But it is what it is.

David was in my thoughts recently. I came across this photo and posted it to my Facebook page.

David pinged me, happy with the memory. He mentioned he was on his was to The Outsiders cast reunion.

I remember him telling me this story during dinner one evening. I half forgot it though, in between all the other fantastic stories.

What a photographer. What a career.

I’ve never read The Outsiders. But I recently picked it up for 50 cents at our library sale stall.

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Starting it tonight.

© Mark V. Krajnak | JerseyStyle Photography | All Rights Reserved 2017

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