Between Springmoor and Mayview, two of Raleigh's retirement centers and nursing homes, I've spent a lot of time recently around a lot of caregivers. One of those is Jean over at Mayview who does everything from hair to toenails. She works hard obviously and provides a caring service to those that can no longer take care of themselves. I knew right away I had to add her to my "Working for a Living" Series. Seems like I've been shooting a number of portraits lately related to hair. Maybe another series will come out of it.
Stacey was my mother's attending nursing assistant at the Emergency room on Monday night. She was so caring and helpful with mom who was nervous and scared that she potentially had a stroke. No stroke...just a pinched nerve allowed us to take her back to her room in rehab versus getting admitted. I thought Stacey's hair was fantastic. I've been wanting to watch Chris Rock's movie call "Good Hair" for a while now and never got to, but I asked politely if I could perhaps photograph her this week. Stacey I'm sure was initially a little apprehensive. There are plenty of crazy people in Emergency Rooms. However, after looking at my website, she agreed and seemed excited. It turns out Stacey had never had a real photograph made before. It is really too bad. At least now she has.
Worked as a photographer in Raleigh for over 30 years in various capacities from news photojournalism and sports photography in the 80's to corporate annual report and advertising into the 2000's. Simon has produced greeting cards which have sold over 3 million copies and counting.