Published March 14, 2013
Last Wednesday, March 6, was the first time all three of the Archdiocese of Atlanta’s bishops came together for a joint photo session. The two existing bishops, Archbishop Wilton D. Gregory and Auxiliary Bishop Luis Zarama, and Bishop-designate David Talley gathered in Hall C of the Archdiocese’s Chancery, where I took individual portraits and a group shot.
The archdiocese’s creative director, J. David Pace, graciously assumed the role of bishop stand-in for the individual tests shots, so I could get the proper exposure and set the lights on the appropriate marks. I knew the group photo would be more challenging, so I called in three more bishop stand-ins. Georgia Bulletin reporter Stephen O’Kane was Bishop-designate David Talley, Ashley Morris, assistant director for the Office of Black Catholics, was Archbishop Gregory, and Tom Campbell, associate superintendent, Office of Catholic Schools, was Auxiliary Bishop Luis Zarama.
|The bishop stand-ins included (l-r) Stephen O’Kane, Ashley
Morris and Tom Campbell.
With two bishops wearing eyeglasses on both sides of Archbishop Gregory, I had to take some additional test shots to ensure the lights were properly placed in order to avoid little or no glare in their glasses. I also wanted to do as much as I could ahead of the two o’clock photo session so I was not wasting the bishops’ time. Once I was satisfied with the test shots, I placed masking tape on the carpet by the lights. I marked the tape for individual portraits and the group shot. That way all I had to do was move the lights to their mark. I still had to tweak the lights some when it came time to photograph the real bishops for their photograph, but it would have taken a lot more of their time had there been no advance preparation. Thanks to the stand-ins.
|The authentic bishops (l-r) Luis Zarama, Wilton Gregory
and David Talley.
Michael Alexander, Staff Photographer