Peace Sign Starter

Selling art on the street in New Orleans is the kind of education that you can’t get in art school.

Glass artists Russ Gilbert learned quickly that getting someone’s attention meant a better chance for a sale.

The hustling from decades ago is still on display.

When I arrived at his Santa Rosa Beach, Florida studio, the furnace was fired up and ready to go. As I adjusted the camera settings, I noticed Russ making something.

In what seemed like only four or five moves, he turned a blob of glass into a very cool peace sign. It was the perfect way to start our session.

About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.