Well, me and the Duck man are fanboys and not ashamed of it!
Thanks, Ernst, for the back story on this portrait. I never imagined that you really did yank him, well, out of a restaurant. That's delightful!
I told you I never studied with Monte Zucker, although I did see him at several wedding photographer conventions so I always tended to think of Monte as more of a wedding guy, but then I was a portrait and a wedding guy, and so was Donald Jack, whom I did study with. And the fact is that I did become something of a Donald Jack clone. The man I bought my studio from had been in business, gosh, I think since the late '40's. His style was solidly period. He said he was no artist and he was proud of it. He was a craftsman, knew exactly what he needed to do to get the picture, got it, printed it, sold it, and moved on. He was something of a legend and we had a rough time trying to follow his act, and follow it we did to a T. I used his cameras, his lights, and most of all his style
because I lacked one of my own, which was why I attended seminars and conventions and eventually spent a week with Donald Jack. But all I could manage was copying a style. I don't think I ever developed my own.
We bought the place in 1978. I did this selfie (really, a selfie) with some of the toys. I look relaxed and happy because I had NO idea what we'd gotten ourselves into.The Studio Ca. 1978
by Charles Haacker
, on Flickr (If you click on it you can see it bigger)