Had the opportunity to shoot a few portraits of local blues guitarist Taylor Scott for the paper’s weekly “Plains People” feature. I had a bit of time to scout locations and work the portraits. As a result, the portraits turned out well. Amazing how that happens. Scott, who is an 18-year-old senior at Cheyenne’s Central High School, was pretty cool and easy to work with on the shoot. Being that I’m a huge fan of the blues, it was easy to strike up a conversation with him on the shoot as we talked about Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and Eric Clapton among others. If you haven’t heard him, check him out playing with his group, Another Kind of Magick.
On Thursday I was assigned to photograph a portrait of Rolf Skoetsch, a local history buff who volunteers at the Wyoming National Guard Museum. Rolf is a really nice guy. After I took his portrait, I ended up having a conversation ranging from antique tractors to Germany with him in his driveway for another hour. This might not be the world’s greatest portrait, but it was a nice assignment for me because I got to get out of the office and have a conversation with someone. Connecting with people is a part of photography that is absolutely essential for good community photojournalism. You have to be able to get to know folks and have a conversation with them. As I was told once: always look for the lowest common denominator when working with folks you don’t know.