Recently, I shot photos of K-State athletics director John Currie for a magazine article. John has accomplished some impressive feats in his year and a half at the helm. He has restored the credibility of the K-State athletics department after questionable financial practices by the previous administration. Also, he has helped to secure K-State a new basketball practice facility.
John is a kind and energetic man. Originally, I wanted to shoot a portrait portraying him as a superhero. I envisioned him pulling open his suit and tie to reveal a Superman t-shirt, but it was eerily similar to a different portrait shot weeks ago by a photographer friend of mine. I really liked the superhero theme, so I drew on my early love of comic books and tried something more subtle.
I decided to place John in front of a large K-State Powercat logo painted on the garage door of Bramlage Coliseum, the basketball arena. The Powercat reminded me of the Bat Signal, the searchlight used by Commissioner Gordon to shine the bat symbol into the Gotham sky and summon Batman. After a few shots, one of our athletic administrators came walking by and told John he looked like Superman standing in that pose. “Close enough,” I thought to myself.