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Photographing Batman (aka The Bay Area Hero)

By Hanssie on September 9th 2015

Heroes come in all shapes and sizes, wearing all types of uniforms; from the single mom whose superhero costume is yoga pants and a stained t-shirt to the men and women in their sharp dress uniforms who serve in the armed forces to firefighters and poilce officers in their respective uniforms, and of course, there’s Batman in his ab-tastic Kevlar suit and cape. In the last decade or so, Batman somehow has become a media darling, his dark and mysterious persona and billionaire alter ego edged out the wire-rimmed glasses wearing journalist and every wholesome Superman in society’s popularity contest. Batman seems to be everywhere these days – from Bat Kid to Bat Dad – everyone wants to emulate the Caped Crusader.


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In the Bay Area, it is not uncommon to see Batman walking dogs or helping little old ladies carry heavy groceries because their resident hero wanted to make a difference in his community by helping people. Specifically, the “Bay Area Hero” wanted “to spread hope and promote strength in children who are suffering from life-threatening medical conditions.” This hero’s alter ego is a law student, but on weekends he can be found around town serving the community in a replica Batman costume.

Photographer Anne Tenne was looking to for a person doing their part to make a difference. She wanted to shoot portraits of someone unique and inspiring so that she could help tell their story. A friend suggested the Bay Area Hero and Anna knew she wanted to do what she could to help him. Focusing on the storytelling aspect, Anna followed Batman around with a Canon 6D and a 100mm macro lens to capture the action. In post, Anna made the images black and white to emphasize the Batman theme.

It is Anna’s hope that her images of The Bay Area Hero will inspire others to to good.

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To see more images from Anna’s shoot, check out her post here and her website here. To contact the Caped Crusader (aka The Bay Area Hero), click here.

CREDITS: Photographs by Anna Tenne are copyrighted and have been used with permission for SLR Lounge. Do not copy, modify or re-post this article or images without express permission from SLR Lounge and the artist.

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Hanssie is a Southern California-based writer and sometimes portrait and wedding photographer. In her free time, she homeschools, works out, rescues dogs and works in marketing for SLR Lounge. She also blogs about her adventures and about fitness when she’s not sick of writing so much. Check out her work and her blog at Follow her on Instagram

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  1. Kim Farrelly

    Love the smile on his face, sums up the whole feeling you can get for selflessly helping others, where the doing the dead is the reward. Fantastic.

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  2. Stephen Jennings

    Awesome :)

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