Suit and Tie with Mr. T

Mr. Turner showed up in great spirits yesterday.  He was bright, focused, happy and it was a pleasure to see him as always.  If you haven’t read previous blogs, click here and here for past pics.

This is our third venture into the studio over the past 4 years and the first thing I noticed when he walked in was his choice of wardrobe.  Mr. T brought a suit and tie.  Now I’ve known this man 43 years and when I see him in a suit and tie I immediately have a flashback of being sent to the Principal’s office.  Yes, Mr. Turner office.  I was a regular there, which in a funny way is how I got to be so lucky to have this opportunity now.  I’m not sure exactly the details of what led to all those trips to the Principal’s office, but I remember Mr. Turner eventually taking me out for ice cream.  Maybe he saw a kid who had great potential, perhaps he wanted to hear my side of the story and an ice cream intervention was the only way to get me to talk, maybe he just wanted an excuse to get away from the office for an hour and I was in the wrong place at the right time.  In any case I remember feeling special.  Years after graduating from Oak Hill Elementary School I would ride my bike over visit Mr. T’s office window just to poke my head in and say hello.  No longer in trouble, just checking in.

Fast forward to 2014.  Mr. Turner is in his 80’s and looking better than ever.  While it’s always great to catch up with him, strictly speaking as a photographer anyone can see he has one of those faces you could spend an entire career shooting.  So many stories to tell with just one glance.  He was in the mood for suit and tie so I ran with it, then we accessorized with my Zero G’s for extra flavor.  Everything was shot with Nikon D800, Nikon 70-200 f/2.8 lens, Profoto lighting and accessories with exception of one giant Octa by Elinchrom.

As always, I have the deepest gratitude to Sam Turner for sharing his afternoon with me.  In his presence I was pushed to try a little harder and to be a little better.  It’s a job he’s been busy doing for 4 decades, so why stop now.


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