Mike Belleme

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Most people think of voter registration as something everyone supports. After all, voting is the ultimate gesture of democratic citizenship. And if you want to vote, you first have to register.
But lately it’s become politically contested. In several southern states, Republicans have imposed rules meant to make registration more difficult. A Georgia group working to register African-Americans was recently the target of a politically motivated investigation by state election officials. In North Carolina, which hosts a tight Senate race this fall, even a conservative group, Turning Point USA, was recently blocked from registering voters on campus, in an episode that was captured on video.
In that context, registering to vote isn’t just a step toward participating. It’s a political act in itself.
Photographer Mike Belleme captured the reactions of newly-registered Tarheel State voters, while they discuss the issues on their minds.

Mike did a hell of a job on these. Check out the whole series.

Here’s a series of portraits of people who just registered to vote for MSNBC. Such a fun assignment! Check out the whole series.

johnnysimon:

msnbcphoto:

Most people think of voter registration as something everyone supports. After all, voting is the ultimate gesture of democratic citizenship. And if you want to vote, you first have to register.

But lately it’s become politically contested. In several southern states, Republicans have imposed rules meant to make registration more difficult. A Georgia group working to register African-Americans was recently the target of a politically motivated investigation by state election officials. In North Carolina, which hosts a tight Senate race this fall, even a conservative group, Turning Point USA, was recently blocked from registering voters on campus, in an episode that was captured on video.

In that context, registering to vote isn’t just a step toward participating. It’s a political act in itself.

Photographer Mike Belleme captured the reactions of newly-registered Tarheel State voters, while they discuss the issues on their minds.

Mike did a hell of a job on these. Check out the whole series.

Here’s a series of portraits of people who just registered to vote for MSNBC. Such a fun assignment! Check out the whole series.

Here’s the spread for my ilovemakonnen shoot for The Fader.

Another outtake from my ilovemakonnen shoot in Atlanta for The Fader.

Another outtake from my ilovemakonnen shoot in Atlanta for The Fader.

Here’s my favorite outtake from the ilovemakonnen shoot for The Fader. It was a good lesson for me because he had been sitting in that same seat smoking blunt after blunt for hours (it was 2 or 3AM) and I had stopped shooting a long time ago because I was bored of shooting the same thing, then I thought ‘no, I’m gonna get something good out of this’ and really tried to work it. Ended up with one of my favorite shots from the whole weekend. This was shot in the studio with Mike Will Made It in ATL.

Here’s my favorite outtake from the ilovemakonnen shoot for The Fader. It was a good lesson for me because he had been sitting in that same seat smoking blunt after blunt for hours (it was 2 or 3AM) and I had stopped shooting a long time ago because I was bored of shooting the same thing, then I thought ‘no, I’m gonna get something good out of this’ and really tried to work it. Ended up with one of my favorite shots from the whole weekend. This was shot in the studio with Mike Will Made It in ATL.

As much as I rarely share commercial work, the reality is that I’ve been totally swamped all summer with lots of commercial work and it’s been super fun. One of my favorites was a shoot for Brevard Music Center. Here are my two favorite shots from that shoot.

Here’s another shot of Sammy French outside of his home (his family boiled peanut business is in the background) with his wife Patsy and dog.

Here’s another shot of Sammy French outside of his home (his family boiled peanut business is in the background) with his wife Patsy and dog.

I met Sammy French one of my first days in Cherokee. I asked him if I could shoot some portraits of him and asked how he would like the world to see him. He said “Nobody’s ever asked me that” First he said “I guess I’d want it to be with my Dad” Then added “Or in my element” meaning in the river. So we did both.

An interesting scene in Cherokee that happens to have an Elk in it.

An interesting scene in Cherokee that happens to have an Elk in it.