GO Brooklyn’s legendary shutterbug, Daniel Krieger, usually finds himself behind the camera. But last week, when he was assigned to take a portrait of Park Slope photographer Bill Wadman, Krieger was on the other side of the lens.
Wadman has made it his mission to take 365 photos — one a day — in 2007. And on Aug. 16, Krieger’s became his 228th subject.
Wadman began the project on Jan. 1 with a photo of his sister and worked his way through friends and family — he made sure to snap his mom on Mother’s Day — though now so many people want to participate that he’s taking reservations.
“Most of the subjects come to me,” Wadman said, explaining his first-come, first-served policy. “I have a ‘participate’ link on the Web site, and about two to three people contact me a day wanting to sign up. I can’t take all of them.”
Wadman has taken his slick-looking portraits everywhere from the Brooklyn Botanic Garden to Stonehenge to a Home Depot in Connecticut, and with over 200 portraits under his belt, he already sees a change in his work.
“Sometimes, I try to get a nice picture of the person,” he said. “Other times, I’m trying to get something really true without a lot of extra stuff. I’m slowly creating a new look for my work.”
And how did Krieger like playing model for the day? “He’s good at giving direction and making you feel comfortable,” he said. “He has a good eye for making people look cool as well as drawing out emotion.”
And even though it’s still summer, Wadman is already weighing his options for the end of the project. “I want to keep the portraits quiet until I’m done and them show them all at once,” he said. “I think it would be really fun to have a party with everyone.”
Now wouldn’t that make a nice group photo?
“365 Portraits” can be viewed at www.365portraits.com.