Keith Percy

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Keith Percy, June 2, 2014

Typically I donít take posed photos but Keith was in my office in Boulder. I like this posed shot because Keith feels he has to do something different with a camera pointed at him. He is an activist and he is trying not to smile. I like candid shots of people and I believe that my best photos of activists are candid. This is unique, and the subject is unique.

Being a activist, I know that sometimes we get in a zone of social justice and feel some internal righteous glow that we believe others can see. I have attempted for 20 years to capture this and other feelings activists present. For some people the look of an activist is natural, but it certainly is forced here by Keith. But I know Keith and he wants to be seen as radiating the glow of justice.

Keith is unique. I was completely unsuccessful in helping him to run for the city council in Boulder, but I would like to think I had a hand in developing his direction toward activism.

This photo was made with my Sony 7r, with a Sony 55mm 1.8 lens. In the background is another photo of mine of Sen. Tom Harkin. If you see that photo anywhere, please return it to Keith; he lost it.

Photo by Tim Wheat.

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