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September 11, 2013 at 11:05 AM

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Portraits of Seattle artist Rose Cano


A portrait of actor, director and writer Rose Cano is taken inside her home in Seattle. Cano is the artistic director of the Latino theater company eSe Teatro.

As a photographer, some days we get five minutes to take someone's portrait. Other instances, our subjects are excited to work together to create an interesting image.

Recently, I worked with Rose Cano, the artistic director of the Latino theater company eSe Teatro, to create an portrait that represented her work as a dynamic actress, director and writer.

I wanted to follow up after our first meeting because I knew there was so much potential.

The initial photo assignment asked me to photograph Cano during a performance at a homeless shelter in Pioneer Square. Although the images were nice, I asked if we could follow up on another date. Much of Cano's work revolves around the Latino community, and we thought we could work together to capture a portrait more closely associated with her heritage.

Cano invited me to her home after work, a setting that felt rich with color, her history and even her pets. We explored a variety situations with a digital DSLR camera and iPhone, all while she took breaks to check on her dinner on the oven.

I appreciate Cano's creativity, and her willingness to experiment with different settings and moods. One of the best parts of being a photographer at The Seattle Times is having the opportunity to meet and with work with the many creative minds in the Seattle community.


Portraits of artist Rose Cano are taken with the iPhone Hipstamatic app at her Seattle home.


Rose Cano also works as an interpreter at Harborview Medical Center, and presents staged readings to the homeless.“My whole mission is to educate people about the diversity of Latino cultures — plural,” Cano says.

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