Stories From the Field: Don’t Get Me Started About the Airlines

Stories from the field represent a series of remembrances from over a million miles on the road.

There I was, there I was, there I was.  The Global Fund called to have some photos done of their celebrity spokesperson, the first lady of France, model, actor, singer, Carla Bruni.  She was traveling to Cotonou, Benin to raise awareness of HIV.  I was to go on Monday of the next week shoot Tuesday, Wednesday and bug out on Wednesday night.  No problem.  So I called Sunny the magical travel agent and told him the scoop. He called back and said ‘John we have a problem’.  The airfare is $8200.  I said no Sunny we want to go coach.  He said that is coach.  Turns out Air France has a lock on travel to Benin from Europe. They were acting accordingly and charging outrageous amounts because they know you are not going to walk.  Sunny said that he would do some research and get back to me.  When Sunny called back he said that the only thing we could do is fly to Frankfurt, fly back to Paris, then fly to Benin.  That would get the airfare down to $5000. I called the GF (part of my ongoing commitment to service and excellence) and they said (through gritted teeth) go ahead.  Read more

Award: PDN Photo Annual

Photo District News announced the winners of its annual flagship photo contest and John Rae has been named a two time winner in the Design/Promo Category. The first series of winning photographs was created for The Global Fund to Fight AIDS, TB, and Malaria on assignment in Indonesia. The second series of photographs was also produced for The Global Fund on assignment in Ethiopia. The PDN Annual Photo Contest is one of the most prestigious contests in North America. The photographs were chosen from over 20,000 entries from around the world. Click here to see both series winners.