Waste not, want not II

A few weeks ago I covered the announcement of an at-risk youth school run by the National Guard, called the Youth ChalleNGe program. The Guard plans to convert vacant buildings at the Sharp Army Depot in Lathrop. California Army National Guard Brigadier Gen. James Garbielli led a small group of dignitaries and media on a tour of the base. Among the officials were Congressman Jerry McNerney, assemblywoman Susan Eggman and San Joaquin County Office of Education Superintendent James Mousalimas.

As a group we went from building to building with Gabrielli describing what each would be used for under the program. Most of the buildings have been idled for some time and didn’t have any power. The only illumination came from windows and/or open doors.

In one building Assemblywoman Eggman’s communications director (an former Record crime beat reporter) Christian Burkin stood off to one side near a window as Gabrielli described what the room would be used for. Window illumination can be some of the best one can hope for in a portrait and the light coming from the window next to Burkin was no exception. Even though he wasn’t part of the assignment, he was standing where the light was best. I got my shots of the main group then hoped that Burkin would turn towards the light by looking out the window. He did and I fired off a few quick frames. With his dapper suit and boyish good looks the nice soft light helped to make Burkin look like a model worthy of GQ magazine.

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