I was invited to produce portraits of Petaluma residents or anyone in the neighborhood at the Petaluma Arts Center on June 17, 2017. About 60 people showed up for the 4 hours I was shooting. These 3 portraits are my favorites. The top portrait is Cris Pulido with his 7-day-old daughter Eve. He’s the only resident I know in Petaluma and I met him back in 2011 when I did a long project about his decision to leave the gang life. He was first in line for the shoot. He hates having his photo taken and his wife told me that he only likes me to take his picture.
The portrait shoot was just a small part of a larger exhibit created by photographers Jude Mooney, Michael Woolsey, Paige Green, Ramin Rahimian and Michael Garlington that’s currently on display at the Petaluma Arts Center.