I’m attempting to catch up with and blog all of the assignments I’ve shot this year so far, so I plan to blog every Monday, Wednesday and Friday when possible.
I photographed pharmacist Odette Leonelli who owns and operates a pharmacy in Redondo Beach, California. She says the pharmacy is on the verge of closure due to the state attempting to cut reimbursement rates to Medicaid providers.
I’m a small business owner and things are difficult enough, but I can’t conceive of trying to run a brick and mortar establishment. In the course of American history, it seems like now is a pretty lousy time to be an entrepreneur outside the tech sector.
Read the article here.
As usual, I got to the location, spent a few minutes getting a feel for the place and then went to work shooting a variety of setups. The obvious location was back in the pill shelves, which were set up with some nice leading lines. I wanted to convey Odette’s story, which contained elements of drama, urgency and sadness. Odette actually had work to do, so I shot her as she organized the bottles. I played around with some dramatic lighting in the back of the store, but once I moved her toward the front and the big windows, the quality of the ambient light was really lovely and fit the feel of the shoot well.