From a story I shot about Ron Chapman, the front desk manager at the Makena Beach and Golf Resort on Maui. When off-duty he’s driving along the beach with “Alberta”, his vintage Plymouth.
Some assignments are all around fun. Chef Sheldon is a cool guy. He’s a happy papa to four beautiful kids with his wife Janice. He’s an innovative, talented, award winning chef. He’s the head honcho at Migrant Maui. I’ve gone back to his restaurant twice since I shot this assignment for Hana Hou Magazine, and the food has been excellent, the service gets an A+, the location and view from the restaurant is like a postcard and Chef Sheldon is always inventing creative new mixes of traditional home cooking with modern twists. If you’re on Maui you need to go have a meal or two at Migrant Maui. Eat.
The way singer Carla Bozulich delivers the lyrics to the song Dragon Lady, has always inspired intense emotions and visuals for me. There was a difficult period of my life, when I would scream these lyrics with Carla at the top of my lungs while driving the freeways of Los Angeles; windows rolled up. There’d be a moment of tenderness, then a dive into frustration and shattered beliefs. The song’s lyrics didn’t tell my exact story – the relationship was different, it was the raw emotions I related to. Thankfully that was many moons ago. Now it’s just fun to play director and create images from a movie I used to play in my head years ago.
Sometimes, the shot before the “real” shot is the image I like best.
Question #3 : If you could live in any other year, past or future, when would you choose to live?