Recently I won a bid with the City of Austin to photograph portraits of all the City Mangers, Assistant Department Heads, Police Chief, and Fire Chief. It was a fairly standard portrait session and it was interesting to meet all these wonderful citizens. I was taken back by how friendly and candid Police Chief Art Acevedo is, considering the seriousness of his post. This outtake is worth sharing; one of Austin most serious men, hanging ten.
Politics is something that I try to avoid talking about with anyone, anywhere, anytime; especially city politics. I will say though that the City of Austin has a great bunch council members working with Mayor Lee Leffingwell. Every one from the City Manger to all six Council Members work together so well. The City of Austin meets at City Hall, 301 W. 2nd Street most Thursdays. All Council Members are elected by the citizens of Austin for three-year terms.
I recently had the privilege of meeting 2001 Nobel Peace Prize-winner Kofi Annan, Security General for the United Nations, with humble beginnings in Africa's Gold Coast. I was honored to be given his attention while taking his portrait, and noted his kind, gentle behavior. For more information about Annan visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kofi_Annan. Here is a web link to his 2001 Nobel Lecture in Oslo. http://nobelprize.org/nobel_prizes/peace/laureates/2001/annan-lecture.html