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University of Maryland President Dan Mote reflects on the past in his office. In his hands is photo taken at the memorial service on the McKeldin Mall on September 12, 2001, the day after WTC attack. It was the most memberable day he witnessed while at College Park.


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This is probably my favorite portrait that I've taken so far. It's always been difficult for me to take them. News and events is one thing, but forced to take a photo of one person and to do it creatively is infinately more difficult than street photography IMO. I was a little nervous going into this shoot because this is probably one of the more high profile figures I've photographed one on one. I wanted to do something different than a sit and smile shot, so I talked to him and had him show me the various objects around the room that mattered to him. When he picked up the photo and started to talk, I knew this was the shot. I took a few steps back and lined up the photo. As soon as I snapped the photo, I knew I had a keeper. I hope you guys like it as much as me.

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