The Art of Three
Musketeers, Amigos, and Stooges—three can be funny, it can be company, (if you watched 70s sitcoms) and it can be holy. The references to three can be found everywhere. In art, the triptych or artwork composed of three parts is common.
My favorite aspect of the digital age of photojournalism is the ability to look at a story or a person in three parts—visually, vocally, and the written word. This concept sparked the idea for my personal portrait project Three Minutes. The goal is to approach portraiture using my photography, videography, and journalism skills. By using a three minute video vignette, three photographic portraits, and a three hundred word article, I hope to paint a picture of what is uniquely beautiful about each subject.
My first subject had to be Louisiana hip-hop producer, Amahl Abdul-Khaliq. While working for the American Press newspaper in Louisiana, I met Abdul-Khaliq. His engaging personality and positive energy quickly made him one of my favorite locals. I always intended to profile him for the American Press series, “Artistically Speaking,” but I moved to Atlanta before that came to fruition. This is the perfect opportunity to right that wrong.