Ron from Arkansas

Had the great fortune of photographing Mr. Ron Fulton for my Refugee project. If you're unfamiliar with it, check out past explorations here and here. ron_fulton_portrait_web

Met him a few months back after finding myself in a conversation about The South and Jimi Hendrix. We hit it off immediately: he telling me about Arkansas, his time serving in the military and his 40-year-old parrot, Sailor; myself talking about Bama and my quirky, conceptual portrait style.

Since then we've been chatting every other week or so about getting together to do a little colab in the studio, and a few days back we finally had an opportunity.

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What a treat to hear Ron move with ease from Hendrix to Skynard to 'Somewhere over the Rainbow.' I found myself smiling and kind of zoning out, rapt in his guitar wizardry. This man has got endless amounts of talent, and a damn fine bird to boot!

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On this great Memorial Day, I wanted to get this post up to honor Ron and all the service men and women who serve or have served our country to give us the freedom we enjoy today.

More always,

Mike