Monday, November 24, 2008

Mayor Slay and Chief Isom

Local dignitaries attended the municipal Christmas tree lighting on Friday night. Above and to the left is Mayor Francis Slay, now finishing his second four-year term. He is a lawyer (isn't everyone in America?) and a graduate of my alma mater, St. Louis University (motto: We're almost as good as Washington U.). Downtown enjoyed a renaissance during his administration (I've been working there for 34 years and, believe me, it needed the defribrilator paddles). Unfortunately, that has stopped dead in the current real estate bust. Some of his policies have been controversial but no polititian escapes that in this town's racially polarized politics.

On the right is newly-appointed
Chief of Police Daniel Isom. His predicessor was given the bum's rush when it got around that his daughter was driving hot cars towed and impounded by the cops. We have great hopes for Chief Isom. He is young and full of ideas. He has a Ph. D. in criminology and criminal justice, a masters in public administration and is a graduate of the FBI National Academy. Can your police chief say that?

I'm happy with the way these portraits turned out, considering that it was night and I was shooting hand-held with flash. Got a bit of a boost, though, from the TV lights.

'S TONIGHT'S SPECIAL EVENT: the annual big board of directors meeting and dinner of the Eastern Missouri Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation. I am a member of the board, which is appropriate for two reasons: I represent people who are disabled with arthritis and I have rheumatoid arthritis myself (well-controlled with these new whiz-bang "biologic" therapies). I get to hang out with rheumatologists and have my funds raised.

TOMORROW: oh, I don't know. How about a cheap but dramatic HDR shot of sunset over railroad tracks?


Olivier said...

deux beaux portraits, avec une préférence pour celui du chef de la police, superbe gestion des ombres
two nice portraits, with a priority for that of the leader of the police, superb management of shades

Knoxville Girl said...

I think they turned out fine; b&w was a good choice - I really like the way you caught the light on the police chief's portrait.

U "R" Us AKA Captain Crowe said...

Thanks for the STL politics update! Isom sounds quite promising. We have a superintendent, not a chief. Dunno about his education, but the current one came from a career in the FBI I think.

Anonymous said...

They are good portraits - well done! I think most of our policemen are graduates of the School of Hard Knocks.

Jane Hards Photography said...

I really like thee mono portraits. Sounds like time for chnage again here too.