This series of photographs by Chuck Ramsay features informal portraits of seven individuals. It was first exhibited during May 2018 at the Schlafly Branch of the St. Louis Public Library. It focuses on Chuck’s desire to produce compelling images of interesting and diverse people who do not normally reside in the limelight. “I did not want to show people as they wanted to be seen, or as they envision themselves, but as others most often see them,” he says.
“The everyday people around us form a tapestry that can open our minds to greater acceptance and understanding of each other and foster greater access to human rights,” he believes. “All we have to do is make a connection between each other. This was the basis for building this collection of photos.”
Another aspect of this project was to impose some constraints as a personal challenge for the photographer to change how he would normally approach making a photograph and help him look at subjects more creatively at the same time. The first was to limit artificial lighting to a single, small LED fresnel spot supplemented at times with a single hand-held reflector.
Next, an effort was made for each subject to be photographed either in their home or workplace or another setting that was relative and comfortable for them.
Each individual featured in these images can move into the light of our consciousness, and allow us to better appreciate their uniqueness and humanity once we truly “see” them. All we have to do is open our minds, then look and, just as importantly, listen.
Tony Windler, an extraordinary videographer and story teller, assisted throughout this project with lighting, encouragement, and positive critiques.
Car enthusiast and dad.
Artist and yoga instructor.
Model and house cleaner.
Teacher and IT specialist.
Holistic RN – emotions, nutrition, posture.
Retired police officer and education activist.
Buddhist abbot and educator.
©2001-2018 Chuck Ramsay. Copyright applies to all images and content. All rights reserved. No image shown herein may be used anywhere, reproduced, or sold without express written permission of the photographer and author.