Friday, March 11, 2005

Road Warrior

"Born To Kill" by Wes Aldridge

Its Friday night and things always have a tendency to get a little strange on those glorious occasions. This is my friend Matthew. He is a warrior. You ask why? I tell you.

He wears a 15-lbs. Kevlar military issue combat helmet. It reads "BORN TO KILL." This warrior began his travels in early January from Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada. He bought a Grey Hound bus ticket for around $500 that allows him to roam their travel lines freely until it expires on Sunday. He has traveled to Chicago, New Orleans, Texas, Nashville... the list goes on.

I admire him. Pure grit and determination, searching for medical research study groups to take part in and make some quick loot. Not worrying about much, he becomes one with the road. His bedding down in Nashville was unannounced and very welcome. I can see the adventure in him. Here is his portrait.

A 100 ISO speed shot at 1/200th of a second with an aperture around f/8. I lit his face from the bottom with a 550EX flash with a red gel filter. The light on his helmet comes from a 420EX speedlite shot through a make-shift tube creating a spotlight effect.