Roy Stripe, an 84 year-old Fairfield resident, is the latest subject for our "Dial-A-Bio" feature, where the reporter calls people randomly in the phone book and has them tell their story. These have been a bit hit or miss for me photography wise, but I really liked photographing Mr. Stripe. His old-timey house and vegetable garden made a great setting for the picture, especially since a lot of the story was about him growing up during the depression in Oklahoma. Having grown up in Missouri myself (though in the 1980s), his simple home with peeling paint and the tomato plants reminded me of the houses in my grandma's Springfield, Mo. neighborhood. Of course, Mr. Stripe made the picture work with his upbeat attitude and the easy, straightforward way he presented himself to the camera.
A technical note: I cropped this square after some discussion with Chris and I like the deliberate, medium format feel it gives to the picture. I've been wanting to take more square formatted pictures but I don't know of any digital cameras that shoot square. If someone was to make a camera like that I would be obliged.