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Film professor's photo to be included in Best of Photography book

August 22, 2014

Chase Thompson, assistant professor of film, has had a photograph he took while working in Haiti this spring selected for publication in a national photography book.

Photographer’s Forum, an award-winning quarterly magazine, will publish the photograph in its upcoming Best of Photography 2014 edition.

Thompson was in Haiti filming a documentary when he took the photograph.

“I was in a market in Les Cayes,” he said. “Some people were very interested in having their photograph taken and others were not. These ladies were on the fence.”

Thompson said he kept running into the women in the market. He’d bring the camera up to his eye, and one of the women would turn away.

It turned into “kind of a cat and mouse game between us,” he said. “I named it ‘Why Should I Trust You?’ because I can only guess that that is what she must have been thinking during our little game.”

Thompson, who used all manual settings, said it was the best among the photographs he took that day.

“I love the sharpness, the expressions and the triangle created by the eye lines.”

The book will be available in November on the Photographer’s Forum website. Thompson plans to purchase a copy for the Hugh Stephens Library on campus.

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