Thursday, June 23, 2011

Don't Judge a Book by it's Cover

Have you ever walked down a street that was a little off the beaten path and come across a character that looked a little too shady for comfort? Did you look him in the eye or keep your glance down and walk away a little quicker? I too am guilty of making a snap judgement as to someones character based on the way they're dressed, or the way they groom. Unfortunately too many stories on the news and too many episodes of Criminal Minds have conditioned us to assume the worst.
Several weeks ago I had the privilege of photographing a personal trainer before he entered a fitness competition later that week. Had I not known Henry, his appearance would have been very intimidating coming across him alone on the street. His bearded chin, shaved head, tattoos and muscles that could crush my skull would have sealed my fate. Nothing could be further from the truth. Henry is a laid back, soft spoken guy who kept throwing a smile in to every pose to keep his wife happy, smart man.
With outfits destined for a biker bar and even some heavy chains, we made Henry look like an episode of America's Most Wanted. The photos came out really cool.

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