This is an image of Charles Allen Wright, a very famous Texas Lawyer. I shot it in his office at the University of Texas at Austin Law School. I used several different cameras on my editorial photo assignment but this image is from a Rolleiflex twin lens camera with a 2.8 Planar lens.
The camera could shoot twelve images on a roll.
I used an old, manual, Vivitar 285 flash in a small white umbrella.
I connected it with a cable because we didn't have inexpensive radio slaves at the time.
In a strange role reversal my most important mentor, Wyatt McSpadden, came along with me as my assistant.
After we finished up we headed back to the studio to unload and I went into the darkroom and developed the ten shot rolls of 120 film from the shoot.
I made contact sheets and sent them, via Federal Express, to the magazine.
The art director at the magazine circle one image and sent that contact sheet back.
I printed three or four variations of the image on fiber based, double weight paper and sent the resulting prints back to the art director via Federal Express.
The image ran as a half page illustration in the magazine.
I was thrilled.
A few years later I was showing my portfolio to someone at an outdoor café.
A well dressed woman walked past, saw this image in the portfolio and stopped.
She said, "He was the greatest influence in my entire life."
The art director I was showing the portfolio to was surprised.