Augusta Lee Collins is is the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame and is a great friend of mine too! When I said I wanted to do a film portrait with the 4 x 5 view camera I borrowed he was immediately willing to help.
I had the shot in mind and wanted it to be down by the water. We ended up down at the Alameda docks where the USS Hornet is docked. That provided great backdrops and the light worked out great.
The first image is 4 x 5 B&W film and the other two are digital images. I limited myself to one light, sunlight, and utilized a reflector for fill.
It has been quite a while since I have blogged and I have so much to catch up on. I hope to get a few quick blogs together in the next few weeks. We have had a lot of interesting things happening.
Augusta Lee Collins invited Kathi and I to a fundraiser last month at Everett & Jones BBQ at Jack London Square. It is amazing how that country is still so devastated from the disaster. Many of us have no idea what it would be like to live under those circumstances.
Danny Glover happened to be one of the MC's and I got a chance to meet him and take a few photos. It was fun shooting Augusta,...
Augusta Lee Collins is in the West Coast Blues Hall of Fame. I have known him for about 7 years and first met him while working in Oakland in the Fruitvalle District. He awas playing regularly at a small cafe across from our center.
Turns out Augusta used to play all around the world and played drums with such luminaries as Freddie Hubbard, Woody Shaw, Lightning Hopkins, Herbie Hancock and others.
In between being famous and today he spent 5 years homeless on the streets of Oakland. About 12 years ago he decided to get off the streets and is now making a comeback as an artist playing guitar...