A Colonel and a Mayor

Col. Sanders look-a-like John Baxley shakes hands with Anita Lopez on Tuesday along Coal Avenue in downtown Gallup. Baxley, who has been an impersonater for the famous Colonel since 1992, made a stop in Gallup during a week-long cross-country road-trip in a quest to raise money for hunger relief. For each vehicle that honked as it passed by KFC will drop $1 into its ceremonial hunger relief bucket.

After getting the images of the Colonel I then was assigned to make images of the Mayor for a story about his first six months in office. I decided that I did not want to do a typical head & shoulders stiff portrait of Mr. Mendoza, partly because that is not who he is. So instead I opted for something less formal that, to me at least, gives a better impression of his personality.

Gallup Mayor Harry Mendoza is settling into his role after six months in office, which he says is a lot different job with different issues than when he served as a McKinley County commissioner.
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