Portraits

Imagine - Ken

Ken is 32 years old. He is a sales manager who dreams of writing books, starting his family (he IS getting married in a little over a week), and getting a masters degree. He fears being stagnant, standing still in life. He is afraid of his life not having any meaning. The good old Calvin and Hobbes make him smile as does his dog Kumba. Sad points in movies make him cry, and horrors such as the actions of ISIS and news from war torn countries bring sadness to his heart.

Work is really busy for Ken right now, and so when he’s not working, or getting ready to get married, he likes creating spaces in his house. He also likes to read and watch a sitcom here and there. He enjoys hiking in the woods to contemplate life, and he writes for which he wishes he had more time. 

Imagine, you were offered a book deal to publish your first book, a fantasy novel you've been working on for years.

Imagine, you were offered a book deal to publish your first book, a fantasy novel you've been working on for years.

Imagine, you are at a meeting with a publisher pitching him your book on the inner workings of the porn industry - a book you really believe is needed. And yet again for the fifth time, you get rejected.

Imagine, you are at a meeting with a publisher pitching him your book on the inner workings of the porn industry - a book you really believe is needed. And yet again for the fifth time, you get rejected.

Imagine, you're a kid waiting for the Sunday paper to read the Calvin and Hobbes.

Imagine, you're a kid waiting for the Sunday paper to read the Calvin and Hobbes.

Imagine, you're reading the newspaper and come upon an article about another beheading of Christians by ISIS.

Imagine, you're reading the newspaper and come upon an article about another beheading of Christians by ISIS.

Imagine is a project inspired by Howard Schatz’s In Character series of portraits where he asked his subjects - actors - and he suggested to them situations and characters, and captured their portrayal of those situations.

In Imagine, we ask people - friends and otherwise - what they dream to be and see in life, and what they fear. We ask what makes them laugh, and what makes them cry, what brings up emotions and feelings in them. We then ask them to imagine that those dreams and feared moments have materialized.

Imagine - Joe

Joe is 38 years old customer service manager who's always dreamed about being a stand-up comedian. He loves taking in comedy shows and Cirque du Soleil. He enjoys music, movies, and the arts, and he likes to mentor the youth.

He is very much a family man, and family is who he gives most of his time to when he is not working. And family is also where most of his joys but also fears and worries come from.

His dad has been through a few serious health episodes, and so Joe is trying to spend a lot of time with him right now helping him enjoy life while he still can. One-on-one talks with his kids bring him unspeakable joy and are a source of laughs.

As he is getting older he is realizing that it is inevitable that the elderly members of his family will be passing on, and he will lose those who have been a source of wisdom and support for him and his own family. One of the hardest and saddest times Joe's been through was the recent loss of his grandfather, the last surviving grandparent.

Imagine, that you’ve been doing stand-up comedy for a few months, mostly in small bars and clubs in Columbus, and you just got invited to perform at The Second City in Chicago, the benchmark for improv. 

Imagine, that you’ve been doing stand-up comedy for a few months, mostly in small bars and clubs in Columbus, and you just got invited to perform at The Second City in Chicago, the benchmark for improv. 

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Imagine, you’re done with your routine, you’re standing on the stage. People LOVED your material, and are going absolutely crazy.

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Imagine, you just realized you’re getting older, people around you are getting older, and that soon time will come that you won’t have anymore those who have been here for you, who have been your support system.

Imagine, you’re watching your daughter play-wrestle with her older brother, and she’s kicking his butt.

Imagine, you’re watching your daughter play-wrestle with her older brother, and she’s kicking his butt.

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	mso-fareast-language:JA;}   Imagine, you’re sitting in your favorite chair at home, thinking about, remembering your grandparents. 

Imagine, you’re sitting in your favorite chair at home, thinking about, remembering your grandparents. 

Imagine is a project inspired by Howard Schatz’s In Character series of portraits where he asked his subjects - actors - and he suggested to them situations and characters, and captured their portrayal of those situations.

In Imagine, we ask people - friends and otherwise - what they dream to be and see in life, and what they fear. We ask what makes them laugh, and what makes them cry, what brings up emotions and feelings in them. We then ask them to imagine that those dreams and feared moments have materialized.

Sam The Woodworker

I have always been fascinated by people who can fix and repair things that are not working, or who can make something out of nothing. For over 30 years, Sam has been doing woodworking, shaping wood into beautiful things.

Sam is 80 years old. He is a father of five boys, and had been married for over 52 years to his wife Karen who passed away almost a year ago. For 20 years, Sam had been selling pots and pans door to door before getting recruited to sell medicare supplements and long-term care. He did that working for others for a few years, and in 1980 started his own successful business in that industry.

Sam had always been interested in woodworking, but really got into it about thirty years ago. In 2000, he built his own workshop, and started doing more intense things. He's made so many pieces that he can't remember what the first one was. But his favorite one is a rocking horse for his grandkids that will be handed down from generation to generation.

Woodworking has always been appealing to him for its creativity, and the process of making something beautiful out of a piece of wood. While Sam was running his business, working with his hands, making things out of wood was a way to relax, to get a way from the stress of life. It was a therapy for him. And even though after his wife passed away last year it took him a few months to be able to even walk into his workshop, once he did, woodworking was a way for him to deal with the grief, to keep his mind off things. 

Sam with a rocking horse he made for his grandkids.

Sam with a rocking horse he made for his grandkids.

Sam preparing a piece of wood to be cut.

Sam preparing a piece of wood to be cut.

Sam with two of his boxes.

Sam with two of his boxes.

Dakota & Sophia

Dakota and Sophia are my nieces.  They are 16 and 13 years old, respectively, and they are both athletic, and very talented and good.

Dakota is a state champion in swimming, and she excels in water polo. Sophia is good at pretty much anything she touches be it soccer, basketball, lacrosse or swimming.

In the images, I wanted to show the focus and intensity that it takes to get to where they are and further. So I asked Dakota to picture herself on a starting block of an event that, if she won, would mean qualifying to the Olympics. Sophia, I had her imagine herself just before an overtime of the biggest game she’d ever played. I think they did really well. 

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