Seeking ATL Subjects For Project

November 11, 2011 | Editorial Photography

I am currently working on a personal portrait project shooting faces and spaces of folks 70 or older in the Atlanta area. If you know of anyone who would like to be part of my project please email my studio manager, Dan Depew, at dan @ zackarias [dot] com. (z a c -> K <-)

I’ll drive anywhere in the metro Atlanta area for this project. The subjects and their families will receive photos from the project.

I’m concentrating on shooting tight head shots and then capturing an environmental photo of each subject. I’m hoping to find 10 or 12 more subjects by the end of the year. I work quickly and can be in and out in about thirty minutes. Hope to hear from you!




  • Steve Wolfe said on November 11, 2011

    Very cool idea. I’ve been considering doing something similar. I was thinking of narrowing a bit further to WWII vets and spouses. In a way, though, everybody in that age group is a WWII veteran in one way or another regardless of whether they were actually in the military. Anyway, I hope you will share some of your photos here.

  • Nichole said on November 11, 2011

    I know someone! She’s 72 and gorgeous! Give me the details, and I’ll get in touch with her and have her get in touch with you.


  • Reatha said on November 11, 2011

    Fantastic idea, I love the idea of photographing their spaces. I always meant to photograph my Nana in amongst her Nana things and before I got my A into gear she had a fall and had to go into a home. I have always regretted not getting that photo. It will be an amazing treasure for their families and an interesting project too.

  • sam said on November 11, 2011

    Forwarded the info to an awesome 90+ couple in the midtown area. Sounds like an awesome project.

  • Patrik Lindgren said on November 12, 2011

    Very nice in an photojournalistic point of view. I´ve seen a few similar project´s and i think it´s a wonderful idea.
    They have lived a long life and they usually have a lot of stories to tell, and they often times do tell them. :)
    I´ve met quite a few on the road and i have had a similar kind of idea in the back of my head, but i haven´t got to the point of actually try to capture the essence of their personality since i usually just meet them for a very short while.
    I should kick my self in the butt and just get started, yeah that´s what i need to do.
    Hope to see some of the results later on.

  • Lorrie Kennedy said on November 12, 2011

    Can’t hardly wait to see the results!

  • Rodrigo Vargas said on November 13, 2011

    Very interesting project. Looking forward to follow your future portraits.

  • Jen said on November 14, 2011

    Fantastic project!
    I know you said ATL, but if you are willing to drive to the Greenville area there are some wonderful people at my church that I’m sure would be perfect! Just let me know and I would be happy to help!
    Either way, I’m excited to see the project. Cheers! Jen

  • Timothy J Larson said on November 17, 2011

    Very sweet project! I’m glad to see you’re taking the time to do some personal projects!

  • Gavin said on November 17, 2011

    What a beautiful picture. And a great looking subject!

  • Nina Beheim said on November 17, 2011

    This is an amazing project, and like the others here, I also anticipate the outcome. I wish I had a beautiful portrait of my grandparents.

    Hmmm, I think I’ve just been inspired, and I hope your project will inspire others to begin something similar.

  • Ms. Dale Gamble said on November 21, 2011

    I am 72, live in Cumming GA, and would love to be one of your subjects. I am very active; spend lots of my time volunteering and am loving life. The happiest time of my life ever!

  • Brent said on November 29, 2011

    Hey Zack,

    Hate to ask a technical question over this post… However, how are you getting that close with a Canon 85 1.8?

    Thats the one big problem I have with that lens, the MFD is just too far away.

  • Zack said on December 5, 2011

    @Brent – The focusing distance is pretty bad with the 85 1.8. I’m working right at the edge of it.

    The photos in this post though were shot with a Hasselblad, the 120mm lens, and a 21mm extension tube.


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