Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
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Justice for All Rally & March. Washington, DC. Saturday 12•13•14

Brought my “A – Game” to Washington, DC yesterday as I just knew that I needed to make the effort to finally get involved in documenting the ongoing demonstrations and struggle against police brutality here in the U.S. It was really good to run into a few old newspaper and agency colleagues in Freedom Plaza, just a few short blocks from the White House. This isn’t the place to get into the politics of this national situation lately, only my take on making the full efforts and what it takes to make these images. A slideshow of my day in DC is below…   ~cg.

“Back on Point…” West Point, NY. 24•Nov.•14

Army cadet Dion Hart photographed in Crandall Pool at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY on Monday, November 24, 2014. Hart, 22, of Phoenix, AZ, is a senior on the Army swim team who was born to a 14-year-old mother and endured every possible hardship, including surviving homelessness, living in crack houses, and spending most of his life on welfare and food stamps.  © Chet Gordon for New York Daily News.

On Monday I had the honor and pleasure of meeting and photographing a fine young man and Army cadet Dion Hart of Phoenix, AZ at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY. It was all familiar territory as I’d covered USMA for nearly eight years while on staff at my previous staff job at the Times Herald-Record in Middletown, NY. That time included numerous Div. I sporting events, including full seasons of Army Football and Basketball, Presidential visits, Army graduations with upwards of 1,000 cadets and their famous “hat toss”, and all sorts of other assignments on all things ARMY. Ironically, I’d also worked at USMA for the NY Daily News to photograph the Superintendent at the time in front of this very statue (below).  A simple search here on the blog of my work at the academy is some of the work I am most proud of in my career. Returning to West Point on assignment for a new / old client, The New York Daily News was kind of special too. It was if I was working among friends… ~cg.

Army cadet Dion Hart pauses in front of the General Douglas MacArthur statue and MacArthur Barracks at the United States Military Academy in West Point, NY on Monday, November 24, 2014. Hart, 22, of Phoenix, AZ, is a senior on the Army swim team who was born to a 14-year-old mother and endured every possible hardship, including surviving homelessness, living in crack houses, and spending most of his life on welfare and food stamps. © Chet Gordon for New York Daily News.

“Happy 239th. Birthday to All My Marines…!” 10•Nov.•14

The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon. For every Marine that ever carried a rifle… ~cg.

The United States Marine Corps Silent Drill Platoon perform in front of the U. S. Marine Corps War Memorial in Arlington, VA on Saturday, September 21, 2013.  © Chet Gordon / THE IMAGE WORKS

 

*Westchester Magazine – Cover. October 2014

My first cover on Westchester Magazine. I know the month is almost over, but I just came up with the .pdf file of the cover page…  ~cg.

“Hudson Valley Honor Flight #6…” 18•Oct.•14

Accompanied my fourth Hudson Valley Honor Flight to Washington, DC, Arlington National Cemetery and the Iwo Jima / Marine Corps Memorial last Saturday. It was my third mission this year and the inaugural flight day from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY. You can view more images from the flight HERE over on the website’s archived pages. There will also be a picture story of my coverage in the December issue of Westchester Magazine in the “Behind the Scenes” column…  ~ cg.

WWII Veterans and their escorts onboard the Hudson Valley Honor Flight pose at the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Seventy-six veterans from the Westchester County (NY) area toured the WWII Memorial and Arlington National Cemetery on the inaugural flight from Westchester County Airport in White Plains, NY. Hudson Valley Honor Flight is a chapter of the Honor Flight Network, which provides free flights for WWII Veterans and tours of the WWII Memorial constructed in their honor, and other sites in the nation’s capital.  © www.chetgordon.com

WWII Veteran and Pearl Harbor Survivor Chick Gallella of Yonkers, NY salutes Audie Murphy’s gravesite in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Murphy was WWII’s most decorated soldier. Arlington National Cemetery is the final resting place for more than 400,000 active duty military, retired service members and their families.  © www.chetgordon.com

“Hudson Valley Honor Flight #5…” 9•27•14

Worked again in Washington, DC & Arlington, VA last weekend documenting my third Hudson Valley Honor Flight (HVHF) from Stewart International Airport. You can view the main gallery from the trip over on the main site’s archive by clicking HERE. I will be adding more images from the day spent with nearly 100 WWII Veterans in the nation’s capital ASAP…  ~cg.

WWII Veteran Lawrence Vinci rides on a bus en route to Stewart International Airport prior to a Hudson Valley Honor Flight to Washington, DC on Saturday, September 27, 2014. Nearly one hundred WWII Veterans from the Hudson Valley region of New York toured the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC and Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA.  © www.chetgordon.com

September 11, 2001. “Now Thirteen Years On…”

Reposting my words here again from three years ago on the tenth anniversary of the attacks on the World Trade Center. It’s now been thirteen years since the world witnessed events that would begin a drastic change in not only world events, but everyday policy…

When I finally made it downtown to the site known as “Ground Zero”, two weeks after September 11, 2001, I remember thinking I didn’t really need to make a lot of images. I wasn’t competing with anyone or racing against some imaginary deadline in my head. I just needed to see and witness the scene. I remember the anonymous attorney who tapped me on the shoulder and asked if I’d really like to see the overhead view from his 44th. floor corner office (below), that unmistakeable horrid smell of death rising like a cloud through the sewers, the eerie calm of an area of lower Manhattan that was always bustling during business hours, and the overcast rainy day ten years ago when I made these few images. There isn’t even a need now to seek out any more of my outtakes from the day or subsequent visits downtown through the years. It’s been ten years since that day and look where we all are in this world… ~cg.

Smoke rises from the rubble and the crumbling facade of the World Trade Center’s South Tower (center), seen from the 44th. floor of an office building at 140 Broadway on Monday, September 24, 2001. A terrorist attack on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001 destroyed to the two worldwide known icons in lower Manhattan when two jetliners struck the towers. The facade was brought down by construction crews on Tuesday, September 25, 2001.  © Chet Gordon/THE IMAGE WORKS

New York Army National Guard soldiers and an NYPD policewoman gather together a few blocks south of the crumbling facade of the World Trade Center’s South Tower  A terrorist attack on Tuesday morning, September 11, 2001 destroyed to the two worldwide known icons in lower Manhattan when two jetliners struck the towers. The facade was brought down by construction crews on Tuesday, September 25, 2001.  © Chet Gordon/THE IMAGE WORKS

“Africa 10.0…” September 2014

“Karibu…” The Swahili greeting for hello. Just finished a week in Tanzania hired by longtime humanitarian client, AmeriCares to document their new initiatives and partnerships at Bugando Medical Centre in Mwanza and a full day in Dar es Salaam yesterday. What made the trip memorable was not only being asked to return to East Africa, and work in Tanzania’s second largest city on the southern shore of Lake Victoria, but to literally add a new Canon PowerShot G15 to the mix and shoot hi-res / HD video clips as well as image files on RAW, and utilize full manual controls. The files from this little box smaller than the size of a deck of playing cards continually blew me away (below) and I’ll continue to use it as my new “mini-Leica…” (Meaning it’s much better to bring the camera to your eye for composing instead of using it like a smartphone at arm’s length while viewing the large 3″ rear screen.) Just taking a breather here to post a few favorites from here at Amsterdam Schiphol Airport while transiting en route to back to JFK. There will be a slideshow (and possibly a video reel too) of the week’s work to come…  ~cg.

MWANZA, TANZANIA.  A Tanzanian mother reacts as her newborn baby sleeps on her bed in the Post Natal Ward at Bugando Medical Center in Mwanza, Tanzania on Thursday, September 4, 2014. (Photographed with the Canon G15)  © Chet Gordon for AmeriCares

MWANZA, TANZANIA.  Railway workers move creosote treated telephone poles from the deck of a tractor-trailer onto a waiting railroad freight car in Mwanza, Tanzania on Saturday, September 6, 2014. (Photographed with the Nikon D2X on RAW)  © www.chetgordon.com

“Africa Calling…” Aug. / Sept. 2014

What’s been on my mind lately…  ~cg.

Sunset over sugarcane fields in Empangeni, South Africa on Sunday evening, September 10, 2006.  © Chet Gordon / THE IMAGE WORKS

Recent Work. April – June, 2014.

The new job, and a few trips into New York. Here’s a brief look at what’s caught my attention the past 2 months or so…  ~cg.

“Through A Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People”

“Through A Lens Darkly…”  (A colleague had this posted on his blog.) Here’s a trailer for the documentary, and a review of the film in Time and interview with director Thomas Allen Harris on Democracy Now!   *How did I miss this film? All I can say is “Wow…!”   ~cg.

“Just Clearing My Head…” May 2014

I occasionally find myself up at sunrise or even earlier. Really have to make the mental effort to sometimes just stop the car and make a (pretty) picture in the nice morning light. This is particularly true when the fog is coming off the lake here. Here are two edited versions of an image I really liked. The B/W version was added to my Instagram feed. Both were shot with a Nikon D300 as RAW files, then resized and the borders added on the iPhone in Filterstorm. ~cg.

Fisherman head out for a day of fishing on Greenwood Lake in West Milford, NJ on Saturday morning, May 10, 2014.  © www.chetgordon.com

“How to get yourself noticed as a professional photographer…”

Came across this piece by commercial photographer Karl Taylor. He hits a lot of ‘home runs’ in this video:

“Arlington…” April 26, 2014

An inspecting officer (right) with the United States Army’s 3rd Infantry Regiment Honor Guard or “Old Guard” inspects the rifle of a sentry during a changing of the guard ceremony at the Tomb of he Unknowns in Arlington National Cemetery in Arlington, VA on Saturday, April 26, 2014.  © www.chetgordon.com

Spent the day working for the Hudson Valley Honor Flight  again at the WWII Memorial in Washington, DC (left) and Arlington National Cemetery (above). One Hundred WWII Veterans from the Hudson Valley region of New York flew from Stewart International Airport to Washington, DC to view the Memorial in their honor on the National Mall, between the Lincoln and Washington Memorials. I’ve posted a gallery from the trip over at my sister station on the website:  Hudson Valley Honor Flight – April 2014.  ~cg.


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