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Photographer John Lund flips his wig in this humorous self portrait and stock photo.
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Lost opportunities and obstacles conveyed by a doorway opened to a brick wall denying further access to a businessman.

Photo of an African American executive opening a door only to find the passageway (opportunity) closed up with a brick wall.
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Opportunity Knocks, but can't get through as a brick wall blocks the doorway being opened by this businessman. Suprise!

What if you heard opportunity knocking, but when you opened the door you were confronted with a brick wall...and the opportunity, your big chance, that once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, your big break, couldn't get in? That is exactly what is happening in this concept stock photo. An African American businessman in a business suit opens a door only to find it blocked with a brick wall. This photograph is about adversity, challenge and problems. We all have obstacles that we have to circumvent or find a way over. That is where our creativity has to kick-in and lead us to a solution. Some people might open that door, see the blockade, and turn around in defeat. Those who succeed in life merely chuckle to themselves and open the next door, or find some dynamite and blast their way through!


Stock photos of Challenge, Problems and Impenetrable Doorways.

So many businesses and organizations need images to illustrate their solutions to problems, there methods for overcoming challenge, problems and impenetrable doorways. It is with such in mind that I created this mildly humorous interpretation of a man coming up against a seemingly unsolvable problem...that iconic symbol of a dead-end, the brick wall. Combine that with the tried and true symbol of opportunity of an open door, and you have a successful stock photo that amuses and entertains with humor and the unlikely, and communicates clearly and effectively the idea of opportunity and possibility up against challenge, problems and adversity. Having the man be of ethnic descent helps companies who use this photo show their sensitivity as well as recognizing the new realities of our population, and having him wear a suit makes the image work for business and corporations both large and small.


Creating stock images that are versatile, flexible and relevant.

When I set about creating this photo I did my best to make it relevant, by using an ethnic model, flexible by providing a composition that can work for virtually any cropping needs, and versatile by leaving plenty of room for headlines and body copy. The angle that I chose to photograph the wall at provides dynamic lines that lead to the center of attention, the doorway leading to the brick wall. This photo is actually a composite. I photographed the brick wall in Berkeley, California. The wall and floor were photographed in Southern California, and the model was photographed in my studio in Sausalito, California. I used Photoshop to composite the image together.

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