Real People

Diverse New York City Faces

 

© Leland Bobbé

For the past few months I have been working closely with Sarah Foster, the senior manager of creative content ay Getty Images creating a collection of studio portraits that represents the diversity of people in NYC. We cast close to 50 people and have so far shot 25. From time to time I’ll be posting the images to my blog. I’ve been shooting for Getty for over 20 years and so far this has by far been my favorite project. It’s right in my wheel house. Above is native New Yorker and actor, Spawn.

Through The Window

 

© Leland Bobbé

© Leland Bobbé

This was through my window on west 28th which is directly across from a cross fit gym. Shot it in color but processed it into black and white, I think adds a nice starkness and brings the viewer directly into the subject’s face. Whenever I get a shot like this I feel lucky because in an instant she could move away from the window and the scene is gone as if it never existed.

On the Streets of NYC With iPhone

 

© Leland Bobbé

© Leland Bobbé

I came upon this gentleman the other day on 28th st. between Madison and Park. Shot in color and processed using Snapseed my favorite new iPhone photo editing app.

 

Photography Master’s Cup Awards

All Images © Leland Bobbé

Three of my images were named as finalists in the 6th Annual Photography Master’s Cup Awards in the portrait category.

Portrait – Pinky

Pinky © Leland Bobbé

I met Pinky last summer in upstate NY at a horse shoe throwing competition which he won. When he was finished I grabbed him and put him up against this dark brown wall which I thought really contrasted well with his pink “wardrobe”. This was shot in open shade with a silver reflector and juiced up a bit in Photoshop.

Portrait – Freckles

Freckles © Leland Bobbé

I shot this girl this past summer at an upstate NY summer fair. I love this kid’s face  . . . to me she has a 1930’s Dust Bowl look right out of Kansas or Oklahoma. The background is an old black bus that was sitting along the side of the fair.

Portraits – Upstate NY Summer Fairs

Young Couple © Leland Bobbé

This is one of my portraits from this past summer’s series of people at summer fairs in upstate NY. I especially liked these two and they did a great job of following my direction. I shot in open shade with just a silver reflector . . . with a little help from photoshop I was very pleased with the result.

New Portrait – Leslie Van Stelten

I’ve known photographer/photo illustrator Leslie Van Stelten for many years. Her beautiful work appears on CD packages and in many local publications. We hadn’t seen each other for a while but through Facebook we got back in touch. While looking through her photos I was struck by her great rock’n roll look and sense of personal style which was right up my alley. I asked her if she was into being on the other side of the camera and she said sure. She came with a bunch of great sleeveless tops and a variety of hats. We shot two different looks and this shot was my fave. She was really good in front of the camera which made my job really easy . . . just the way I like it.

New Portrait – Myk O’Connor

Myk O'Connor © Leland Bobbé

I met Myk while shopping at Whole Foods in Chelsea where he was working. One look at that beard and i knew i wanted to get him in front of my camera. Ir turns out that Myk is a member of Beard Team USA and Gotham City Beard Alliance and is very active in the world of beard and mustache competitions. He also appeared on the IFC show, “Whisker Wars”. My wife Robin and I approached Myk, I introduced myself and asked him if he would be interested in sitting for a portrait. He obviously said yes and i’m very happy with this shot which I feel really shows off his beard well.

New Portraits – New Orleans Street Musicians

Nola Street Musicians © Leland Bobbé

During my  brief stay in New Orleans this past November I spent some time walking around the French Quarter looking for some unique characters to shoot portraits of. The gentleman on the left with the makeup was sitting on a stool playing the blues. He was thrilled at the idea. The gentleman on the right was standing on the street playing and I could hear his bird chirping from half a block away. As he played  it walked around his shoulders. As I was shooting him the bird just sat on his finger and looked right into the camera, a very willing subject.