ACTOR FRED PITTS AS "STEPHEN OF BLOIS" / PROMOTIONAL THEATRE PORTRAITS

A few images from a recent commission of San Francisco based actor Fred Pitts in the title role of "The Arms and Armament of Stephen of Blois: part two of the Anarchy Quartet." A solo one act play performed live in The EXIT Theatre in San Francisco, as well as being live-streamed worldwide. Written by Stuart Bousel and directed by Nick Trengrove. We were able to create the imagery at Fort Point in San Francisco, and although the rangers wouldn't let the dulled broadsword in, we did manage a few of those images outside the fort on the grounds. It's always a pleasure...
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KATHERINE IN COVID / DOCUMENTARY PHOTO STORY

A Covid-19 pandemic based story on Katherine Park, who resides in San Francisco Bay and was one of the great many affected in her daily life. In the pandemic she developed frequent severe panic attacks, leaving her physically and emotionally drained. This collection of still images is part of that ongoing story. Katherine In Covid - Douglas Despres, photographer  KATHERINE IN COVID. Perhaps within the chaotic imagery of the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, we haven't sees as many stories of the in...
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MOTHER'S DAY MINI SESSIONS / COMMUNITY PORTRAIT EVENT

Fourteen back to back to back sessions to celebrate local moms and all that they do for their families and society. Photographed here outside the studio in Alameda with a hoisted canvas backdrop over a railing hanging down due to Covid mask mandates with studio equipment and an ol' fully manual Plaubel Makina 67 medium format camera. Imagery to land later on this week for all those photographed.
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THE VAGINA MONOLOGUES ALAMEDA / PROMOTIONAL PORTRAIT CAMPAIGN

Last year in February, just before the bay area led the lockdown efforts in the U.S. against the emerging Covid-19 pandemic, there was a show in our studio space in Alameda CA that featured the latest iteration of Eve Ensler's "The Vagina Monologues." Featuring a final cast of 10, here are the talented women who performed in the show, which was produced by Katherine Park and directed by R.A.M. The Vagina Monologues - Douglas Despres, photographer Portraits for the marketing campaign for The Vagina Monologues Alameda 2020.
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GOODBYE 2020 / PERSONAL

2020 was wild. To that, I think we can agree, especially here in the United States, and especially here in California. Covid-19 pandemic... record heat waves... record fires... record smoke enough to choke the sky into that slight hue which could be called "armageddon red." From the pandemic, I saw my jobs evaporate and am getting by on government relief programs. Hunkered down, limited all exposure from travel and gigs so as to protect Katherine, who is at high risk due to her medical history. 2021 - let's hope Trump is out.
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