Thursday, July 5, 2007
Photo of Lee by the Extraordinary Joel Pickford
I am incredibly grateful for the time and expertise offered by the extraordinary photographer Joel Pickford, who spent several hours a few weeks ago taking my photograph for my press kit, which I hope to have available on my website soon. Spend some time at Joel's website, and you'll be able to see some of his amazing work, including the recent Hmong exhibit and his breathtaking New Orleans/Creole photographs. He's doing some work in Oaxaca this summer and will have an exhibit at the Fresno Met in the fall. I was honored to have Joel taking my picture, and it was difficult to not think about how non-photogenic I am while he was working--and it was equally difficult to not get distracted by watching him work. He is a kind and generous spirit, and I'm grateful he spent so much time with me.
I also owe a huge debt to my friend Erik Fritz, the webguru behind Ginkgo Leaf Design, who arranged for Joel to take my photos for the press kit. Erik recently revamped Joel's website. Erik also did the websites for the Fresno Poets' Association and the English Council of California Two-Year Colleges. Thank you for arranging it, Erik, and thank you, Joel, for the pictures and for your valuable time. I'll be looking through all the pictures in the coming weeks and choosing a handful to put on my website.
Here is a sample.
And another sample: