A couple of weeks back I had an early morning editorial portrait assignment up in sunny Aberdeen, Scotland, a pleasant rush hour drive from Glasgow. The assignment, for the prestigious science magazine Nature, was to shoot a portrait of Professor Lorna Dawson, of the James Hutton Institute, to accompany a forthcoming article.
Prof. Dawson is a ‘soil sleuth’, a scientist with the know-how to profile the DNA of soil, and along with her team, help detective teams the world over examine soil forensic evidence in crimes. I shan’t try in my layman terms to explain the in’s and outs of her job, but the article is here should you wish to read it.
I post below the portrait of Prof. Dawson as used by the magazine, on a left hand full-page, a crop from the original image (also below).
And from the shoot, the below was the image I preferred. Interesting both myself, the picture editor and also the designers all chose different shots from the portrait shoot…and the one chosen by page designers is the one which made it onto the page.