Nat King Cole

Nat King Cole

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I took this photo of Nat King Cole in the studio, I guess – 1958. See, as a trusted photographer, I was the one guy that they let in to capture him in his most un-guarded moments. So, this picture is of Nat listening to the playback in the studio, and he wasn’t worried about how he looked because he trusted me to get his best image; eventhough he wasn’t expressing his best image at the time because he was working.

So from a composition aspect, I viewed it as a circular viewpoint; in essence, where does the eye travel?  The edges aren’t so important. It started with the lights above as a frame of reference, then you follow the lights down to him as the main focus, and your visual stays within the circle of importance.  And, it still culminates in the mood that you catch him during that soundtrack being played back, and how you capture his feelings in that moment.  Again, not the camera, just the moment – and, then there’s Nat!

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