There are some assignments that just make sense! Sometimes an email comes in with a subject line that makes my palms sweat and my mind race with ideas and excitement. This is exactly what happened when Down East Magazine asked me to photograph a feature story on Big Al. I did not grow up in Maine, which meant my knowledge was initially limited to the store front in Wiscasset on rt 1. Along with the assignment sheet came a link to an old Big Al’s commercial, do yourself a favor and check it out here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=giC7KjfjjnY.
The ideas started pouring out onto a note pad. I felt like the hardest part of this assignment was going to be trying to make Big Al not look to over the top. he was already such a character I wanted him to appear in some images as down to earth as possible. At the same time I realized this was an opportunity to create some over the top images. Here is a small sample from the shoot that I think represents a pretty good mix.
Client: Down East Magazine, http://downeast.com/
Subject: Big Al, http://www.bigalssupervalues.com/
Writer: Ron Currie, http://www.penguinrandomhouse.com/authors/98373/ron-currie
Photo Assistant: Thomas Huot, https://www.instagram.com/pho_thom/