Tipper Gore, Chicago, 2001.
This photograph was taken about six or seven months after Al Gore's devastating defeat in the US Presidential Elections of 2000. The Gores had just come out of their retreat after that disastrous period of American history. Tipper Gore was in Chicago to speak in front a small group of friends and supporters. The mood was somber, understandably, and she was full of grace and magnanimity. Truly a magnificent lady.
Photograph was taken in low resolution using the zoom lens of the Fuji Digital camera, then auto levels post processing. I like the grainy character that came out - it added to the mood.
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dsidwell (9783) 2003-10-28 13:47
Nice shooting! The grain does bother me a little, but it offset by the lovely side lighting and her curious expression. I tried it in B/W and liked your color version much better. Nice work.
SirWilliam (410) 2003-10-29 4:59
Hmmm, woman next to brightly lit wall. This looks like an attempt to use Rembrandt light. Seems like there are 2 subjects here, the woman and the window, which don't have a connection. This portrait doesn't work for me. A B&W version may do better here, IMHO.
Luko (13998) 2003-10-30 6:48
That's a very good PJ portrait, i really would have seen it in newspapers. It's both informative and -simply and nicely- metaphoric : we can understand it in 2 ways :
1- the Gore s were very close to the light but unfortunately let in the darkness for a few votes,
2- after a few months in the darkness of a tunnel, the Gore s are getting back to life and light.
I agree with David that i'd rather see this shot in BW (but I guess because I imagine it in the papers..)
annagrace (2467) 2005-04-25 22:00
I like this portrait although the graininess is a bit distracting. It does tend to soften the photo. I think it's a fine capture of an interesting lady in American politics.