Sometimes, your best photographs don't fit the story that you're shooting for. The other day on assignment for the NYT, I was shooting a few folks that were to be potentially quoted for an article. The location was not exactly the stuff of a photographers dreams: an elementary school gym with overhead fluorescent light. But even in places that don't at first appear to be ideal, there are sometimes hidden gems, patches of light that just work, if only you can recognize them. The above photograph of Josef Princiotta was taken in a small alcove of the stage of an elementary school's gym/mulit-purpose room. Somehow, it just worked. It didn't hurt that Josef had his quirky prop with him at the time.
Check out the article as it ran, HERE.
An additional outtake of Alaska State Legislature House of Representatives Speaker Mike Chenault below.