Stephen A. Masker

Service With A Smile – Cart Girl | A Motorized Pilgrimage Across A Texas Golf Range

In Uncategorized on October 13, 2009 at 3:07 PM

A Day-In-The-Life of Lauren Kendrick

by stephen masker

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UNT student Lauren Kendrick leans forward as she shivers in the Tour 18 service cart during her job as both server and clubhouse bartender on the golf course. Sitting patiently, Kendrick waits for two golfers – one wearing shorts – to finish their round.

Grabbing a Miller Lite beer from its icy crate, Kendrick is shocked as her customer in shorts requests a second beer for himself. The time is 11:30 am.
Grabbing a Miller Lite beer from its icy crate, Kendrick is shocked as her customer in shorts requests a second beer for himself. The time is 11:30 am.
Providing service with a smile, Kendrick hands over one of the two requested Miller Lite's as the customer's seemingly disapproving lady-friend stands with her arms folded in the background.
Providing service with a smile, Kendrick hands over one of the two requested Miller Lite’s as the customer’s seemingly disapproving lady-friend stands with her arms folded in the background.
Back at the Tour 18 clubhouse, Kendrick pens the amount of product she sold after greeting players around the golf course.
Back at the Tour 18 clubhouse, Kendrick pens the amount of product she sold after greeting players around the golf course.
Emptying her service cart, Kendrick moves the unsold products from their ice chests and place them in a black bin to be stored away later.
Emptying her service cart, Kendrick moves the unsold products from their ice chests and place them in a black bin to be stored away later.
Focusing on her task, Kendrick counts the cold drinks as she removes them from a small black bin and places them inside a refrigerated unit.
Focusing on her task, Kendrick counts the cold drinks as she removes them from a small black bin and places them inside a refrigerated unit.
Recording her inventory counts, Kendrick numbers the remaining beverages as she tracks them across her cart inventory sheet.
Recording her inventory counts, Kendrick numbers the remaining beverages as she tracks them across her cart inventory sheet.
Serving a customer before she leaves work, Kendrick prepares a drink at the otherwise vacant clubhouse bar.
Serving a customer before she leaves work, Kendrick prepares a drink at the otherwise vacant clubhouse bar.

My Self-Critique:

Most of the environment I was photographing in experienced consistent overcast, and had the assignment not been mandatory in black and white I would have presented the images in this way as color did little to add any visual stimulation to the story. Because most of Kendrick’s work was seldom interactive, given the weather circumstances and absence of golfers, my focus was to get close and push to capture what small interaction I could.

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  1. You make a good effort to turn a tough shooting assignment into something interesting. Going for the tight shots was a smart move – just watch your shadows – particularly when someone is wearing a cap. The sequence of shots is effective.

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