Enviornmental Portraits

Recent Executive Portraits | Arkansas Portrait Photographer

This is a very sad photo to see.

In September, I photographed Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth for Arkansas Business in front a pile of rubble. Literally, it's a pile of rubble. Today it still stands. And it will likely be there for months to come.

 Karen E. Segrave | KES Photo

Debe Hollingsworth, mayor of Pine Bluff stands in front of what was the Band Museum along the 400 block of Main Street in Pine Bluff on Wednesday afternoon.

According to the article, "The city of Pine Bluff debated for months about what to do with the rubble from the privately owned buildings that collapsed in downtown earlier this year. Pine Bluff Mayor Debe Hollingsworth said the owners of the buildings were willing to walk away from the properties instead of paying to remove the debris that had spilled into the street."

 Karen E. Segrave | KES Photo

Debe Hollingsworth, mayor of Pine Bluff stands in front of what was the Band Museum along the 400 block of Main Street in Pine Bluff on Wednesday afternoon.

So the debris sits. And sits. And it's a very sad sight.

When I first moved to Arkansas in 1996, I moved to Pine Bluff. The daily newspaper, the Pine Bluff Commercial, was my first full-time photography job out of college. When it came to the ins and outs of the daily grind of a newspaper, I learned more in three months on the job than three years in college photojournalism. And I don't regret one single bit of it. I met many wonderful people, friends and reporters in that time. Many of which I still see and work with today.

But in the nearly 20 years that has passed since I first drove into Pine Bluff, things have changed. And not for the better. Over the years, Pine Bluff has seen a slow and steady decline in population and signs of urban decay is more common.

And it's very sad to see. Because when you look closely, you can see signs of the beauty in the architecture of what once was.

 Karen E. Segrave | KES Photo

Debe Hollingsworth, mayor of Pine Bluff stands in front of what was the Band Museum along the 400 block of Main Street in Pine Bluff on Wednesday afternoon.

Recent Executive Portraits | Gretchen Hall | Arkansas Portrait Photographer

I recently photographed Gretchen Hall, the president and CEO of the Little Rock Convention and Visitors Bureau for a story on the upcoming demolition and replacement of the Broadway Street Bridge.

 Gretchen Hall, the president and CEO of the LRCVB

Recent Executive Portrait | George Makris | Arkansas Portrait Photographer

One of my recent photo shoot with Arkansas Business took me high above downtown Little Rock. My subject was George Makris, chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corporation. The photos were for an Arkansas Business profile on Makris and Simmons recent and explosive growth in the banking world.

George Makris, chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corp.

George Makris, chairman and CEO of Simmons First National Corp.

I had several other angles of Mr. Makris showing the skyline of downtown Little Rock, but it was a very hot, humid and extremely hazy July afternoon so the city looked quite ugly. So I revamped my angles to find something very powerful and dynamic.