8to8: Harry Thomas, Jr. -- Ward 5 Council Member

I've been kicking around this idea for a documentary project called "Eight to Eight" for about the last six months and have finally got around to actually shooting it. The idea behind "Eight to Eight" is to follow a person for a 12 hour stretch and document their day as it unfolds.

My first subject was Washington DC Ward 5 City Council Member Harry Thomas, Jr. This project, I think, is a complete crap shoot with the potential to be either very interesting or completely boring. And with Council Member Thomas being somewhat of a public figure, I believe it boosts the interesting factor a little higher. I had no idea what to expect from the day or what kind of pictures I was going to get but I just stuck it out and kept shooting what turned out to be an 11 instead of 12 hour time period. It ended up being a pretty cool experience although being a public figure, I'm pretty sure that day was carefully planned for this "freelance photographer guy" following the council member all day. Many thanks to Council Member Thomas and his staff for agreeing to this totally unsolicited request.

To my many readers, please link, tweet, share, forward, facebook, text, telegram or pass this along to friends, family, coworkers, colleagues, connections or anyone that you may know who would be willing to participate in this project. You can contact me at starghill [at] gmail.com and any ideas are welcome.

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bwu said...

Very cool, Michael. This is a great idea... you got some great shots out of what looks like a pretty typical day.

Anonymous said...

THomas is a joke...why him?

Anonymous said...

THomas is an idiot. How can anyone shadow him or hours? Feel sorry for you Michael. Thomas is the most arrogant, superficial, ignorant and political Council member. it gets worse ater you meet him. He is a super diva. What a loser.

Michael Starghill Jr. said...

No reason in particular but would you like to be next? I'm always looking for more subjects. You should email me.

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea.