The General :: Faces & Spaces

December 9, 2011 | Editorial Photography


I’m still seeking subjects for my personal portrait project based in Atlanta. It’s called “Faces & Spaces” and I’m seeking subjects 70 years or older for this project. This is the General. He’s 94 and served in an Army artillery unit in France and Germany in WWII. The best part of this project of mine is not the photographs I get to make but the people I get to meet. The purpose of this project is to expand my portfolio to subjects beyond musicians. I’m not selling these for stock or commercial uses.

If you or someone you know who is 70 or older and lives in the Atlanta’ish area and would be willing to be part of this project please email my studio manager { dan @ zackarias . com }. I need about six more subjects to finish this project. I’ll drive to them and they and their family get images from the shoot. I’m typically need about 30 minutes for a session. I shoot an environmental portrait and then something like this…

What a face right? He is that kind in person! Such a wonderful man. You can see more from this project on my 500px collection.




  • DJH said on December 9, 2011

    Great Stuff, inspiring

  • Theo said on December 9, 2011

    That’s a great image. You really nailed the black and white. I don’t know the man but want to hang that picture on my wall. Really nice. His family will love it.

  • Chris Rowe said on December 9, 2011

    Looked up General Dye on the Net and he’s had a fascinating life to say the least. Must have been a great session Zack. That portrait is amazing – wish you were in the UK to take a shot of my dad!

  • Andy Reed said on December 10, 2011

    Lovely black and white Zack. He looks so comfortable to be in front of your camera. Awesome!

  • Mary said on December 10, 2011

    Inspiring as always….

  • Sree said on December 12, 2011

    This is such lovely work. Subtle yet really strong. I really like how the portraits showing their environment are in colour and the close-ups are in B&W. I’m inspired to get off my couch and start working on my list of personal work. Thanks Zack!

  • Paul Apeldoorn said on December 12, 2011

    I love your project and you inspire me.
    I wonder how you manage to have no reflection in the glasses of the portrait? Did you took also a photo without them? Thank you for sharing your work and inspiring me, Zack.

  • Zack said on December 12, 2011

    @Paul – Shooting glasses isn’t really all that hard. Just angle them slightly down and/or away from the light source and the reflection is gone. Thanks for your comments!


  • Dennis said on December 12, 2011

    What can I say… Touching, inspirational… Images like these show your strengths as not just a really good technical photographer, but also a very empathetic photographer… Great!

  • Stan Kaady said on December 14, 2011

    Projects like this truly feed the soul. You say it takes 30 minutes but I doubt it. That’s what I thought when I first started a similar project a few years ago. Just to be able to sit and talk with these folks has really given my life balance. I tend to enjoy our conversations more than the actual shooting. Keep up the great work.

  • drew said on December 16, 2011

    Awesome stuff, Zack. Was the 2nd photo on white using the 85mm f/1.8? Bokeh-liscious!!

  • Zack said on December 17, 2011

    @drew – It was. Love that lens.

  • Just A Wedding Photographer said on December 19, 2011

    Great portraits. I had a similar idea myself just haven’t put it into action yet tho…

  • Kristina Juarbe said on December 19, 2011

    Awesome pictures!! Love the details in the first picture. Especially his uniform and medals! And for the second picture, i agree, what a face!

  • Andy said on December 20, 2011

    So… how do you get the white background on location in 30 minutes? Do you use your full setup with the white seamless, background lights, barn doors, etc? These are really cool shots by the way. Most people just want to shoot models…

  • Zack said on December 20, 2011

    @Andy – The white background is a pop up reflector with a single strobe hitting it. That strobe sits behind the subject at the small of their back pointing at the background. Easy and quick.


  • DavidE said on December 31, 2011

    Outstanding. Love the composition of “the_general_01b1.” Without knowing this man, his wall, uniform and expression tell a rich, elaborate story. Nicely done and good luck with your series, Zack.

  • DavidE said on December 31, 2011

    P.S. Can you tell me the specs of the B&W shot? Thanks!

  • Zack said on December 31, 2011

    @DavidE – The B&W shot was lit with a 22″ white beauty dish from the front and a straight flash on the background to pop it to white. Shot on a 5dII with an 85mm 1.8 lens around 2.8/4 ish range at 1/160th. Desaturated and boosted contrast via levels or curve (can’t remember) in Photoshop.

  • Warren Williams said on January 9, 2012

    Stunning portrait shots!

  • PsiModuloQuadro said on January 28, 2012

    Always an inspiration!


  • George Koury said on February 20, 2012

    These series of portraits are beautiful. I’m curious as to how you are able to capture images of folks wearing eye glasses with no light reflection on the glass?

  • Zack said on February 21, 2012

    @George – Glasses aren’t too hard to handle. I get my light up and have them “chin down” just a bit until the reflection isn’t visible.


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