I’ve often joked that The Oregonian brought in all these crazy, talented peeps from across the U.S. to be my friend here in Portland.
Jamie, Motoya, Finch, Torsten. Great photogs and even better people. (I’d put Bruce on that list, but he’s from Spokane. Too close, dog.)
What every photographer craves is to have a great editor, someone to sift through our bucket of gunk and pull out a gem of an image. Many don’t have photo editors at all. Others simply OK ones.
Mike Davis, the features photo editor @ The O, is a great editor. Or as Pietsch would say, “He’s the gooooooods.”
He’s edited the portfolios of at least 4 POYi Photographer of the Year winners and one Pulitzer Prize-winning shooter. He’s quiet, provocative, quirky, clever, patient, insightful. On top of that, he’s the only editor I know who seems to LOVE editing images. Wow.
This morning, I had Mike look over my selects from the past 4 months. He found several images that I hadn’t looked at closely enough or had confidence in. Other times, he validated images I really believed in but thought might be too subtle.
Here are some previously “unpublished” images Mike liked:
Photographers all want to do our thing, discuss what works and what doesn’t and then improve. I’m lucky to know Mike, a talented friend who makes me look smarter than I really am.
He really is worth his weight in gold (*).
(*) Y’all knew I had a man-crush on MD. When you find a great picture editor, you want to celebrate, yo!