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shawhouse

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Jerry Brown, once and future(?) Governor of California.

Brown’s a fascinating jumble of contradictions – brilliant & aloof, born into the glare of politics, he comes and goes, reinvents himself all the time, and has an instinct for finding his key light (and dating rock stars). His old man, who preceded him as governor, was a gladhanding, outgoing, bigger-than-life operator. This picture is as close as Jerry comes to smiling. He’s a taciturn, private person who ran for president of the US, the most public, scrutinized gig in the world – he has that in common with another conflicted Californian – Richard Nixon. The difference is Brown’s heart is in the right place, whereas Nixon didn’t have a pulse. Jerry can give a hell of a speech, but, as my wife can attest from personal experience, Mr. Warmth is not always a scintillating dinner companion. With this image, I wanted a feeling of Brown peering at a bright light as he emerges from a cave (after meditating, hibernating?)…

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