Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer
Chet Gordon • Photographer

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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.

“#54…”

#54.

“It’s been some ride so far for the kid from Newark, NJ who dreamed of playing the outfield for the Yankees, or power forward for the NY Knicks, but went on instead to serve as a U.S. Marine, and continued roaming the world for non-profit clients and personal projects the last 20+ years or so . I am Chester & Ann’s only son. Thanks for following along and please do stay tuned…”  ~cg.

“A trip to the City always results in good pictures…” April 2014

Made my way into midtown Manhattan yesterday, mainly on the continual job hunt to drop off promotional materials with editors and the ever present quick stop into B&H Photo. Found my way into Times Square and managed to make a few decent images. It’s never been hard to make pictures in New York. If it is, then you’re in the wrong business…  ~cg.

The Naked Cowboy (Robert John Burck of Cincinnati, OH) performs in Times Square at Broadway and West 44th. in Manhattan, NY on Wednesday, April 2, 2014. © www.chetgordon.com

Pedestrians walk along Broadway and West 43rd. Street near the Armed Forces Recruiting Station in Manhattan, NY on Wednesday, April 2, 2014.  © www.chetgordon.com

*”Let’s Talk Food…” (Photography)

During a recent conversation with a colleague, the subject of food photography, tabletop and other small location lighting situations came up. I thought immediately of the need to highlight some of my food work here, as well as adding a gallery over on the new website: Food. Here are a few favorites.  ~cg.

“Re-Branding, Web Updates, & Self-Promotion. (Returning to) The Business of Freelancing…” March 2014

New promotional postcards featuring my travel imagery with the dummy paper mockups (lower left & right), and a few mini-business cards (upper left) on Friday, March 7, 2014.

About a gazillion years ago when I left the military with shoeboxes full of those rectangular trademark yellow cardboard transparency boxes, negative pages and sleeves of my travels throughout South East Asia, I felt that travel related work would eventually be (one of) my passions in this industry. There was never any doubt. Some of those simple street scenes made on Kodachrome (right) and later Fujichrome film stock nearly 30 years ago still look good today. Jump to today where the travel work the last 20 years or so for clients and personal assigned working vacations and the like has consumed me. It still does. Everything from the first call from an established or new client in the initial idea stage, to the logistical planning of a self-assigned & financed personal trip remains a wonder in itself to this day. There’s just something so special about changing your mindset and traveling to an unknown locale, with the intentions, challenges and immediacy of familiarizing yourself with a new country’s culture, customs, weather and environment to then working hard making consistent high quality images. Another part of this approach to new work and clients is the production of new promotional post cards (top) and future launch of a new website (below). Stay tuned…   ~cg.


(2) – Beta-testing my new PhotoShelter website displayed on various devices: iPhone and 13″ MacBookPro. March 9, 2014.  © www.chetgordon.com

*”Beta Testing a New Image Site…” March 1, 2014.

I have researched and am currently testing a new site to host and display my work more efficiently. There is a need for clients, and probably just as important – potential new clients to easily view my portfolio and archived images as searchable category thumbnails and large slideshows without having to search through posts, links and multimedia slideshows here on the blog. Although I’m already featuring my archive at Zenfolio, (there’s a link / RSS feed in the right column) I really like the look and feel of a site powered by PhotoShelter (above & left).

 

Don’t worry, no changes are planned for this blog, and of course the PhotoShelter site will be linked back to the blog here. Stay tuned…  ~ cg.

*”(Going) Old School…” Upcoming Exhibition & Master Class in Middletown, NY.

“A Photographer’s Life.”  On Monday evening, February 17th., on the campus of SUNY ORANGE in Middletown, NY, I will give a presentation spanning the last 20+ years of my career, as well as a formal exhibition of the work. I’ve been thinking the last few days about how to organize and edit down this slideshow of my personal images, as well as those made for clients and employers. Rather than simply categorizing images again in an appropriate order for the slideshow like “News, Sports, Features…”,  I look to present images that say something about how my career has progressed. It’s very rewarding professionally and even humbling to be asked again to organize such an event. Almost as if you wake up one day, have your coffee, and suddenly you’re one of the senior guys on the street with some pretty serious career highlights and experiences to draw upon and share…  ~cg.

*An old colleague in the business offered this support: “There is always (going to be) a huge appetite for real journalism. It takes a lot of courage to do photography – let alone photojournalism in this day. Yes, but it’s still very important, you can craft new ways…”


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