When you hear people talk about Alternative Portraits…it can mean many things. Everyone has their own idea of what one is. Here is my take on it. I make it simple. Non-traditional processing, posing and wardrobe.
This is a portrait of one of my best friends in the world. Her name is Amy Stiner. She and I were in art school together, in Pittsburgh. She was a photographer, organic farmer, barista, traveler and all around wonderful person. This is an image I made of her at the Natchez Trace Bridge in Nashville in 2005. It was her third visit to Nashville to visit me. It turned out to be the last time I would photograph her and the last time I would ever see Amy again. She and her unborn child and a friend lost their lives in June of 2013 in a freak car accident off the coast of Maine. I think about her often. I think about what a great friend she was to me and what a tremendously talented person she was…but most of all I think about and remember all the people she touched in her life and travels and especially what a great mother she would have been. I miss you Amy!
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Todd Stringer• photographer