Father Joseph Peek

July 24, 2012

As my friend Virginia and I almost said simultaneously, Father Peek just makes the rest of us look like a bunch of whiners when we talk about our everyday problems. I’m just starting a portrait project for The Winship Cancer Institute of Emory University’s Win The Fight 5K run. Of my first subjects was this amazingly strong and resilient man, Father Joseph Peek, a suburban Atlanta spiritual leader and former athlete and Navy Rescue Swimmer who was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2002 shortly after his ordination. Father Peek received a bone marrow transplant in 2003 that saved his life, but the new immune system from the transplant shortly set off a chain of fights within his body. The condition known as graft-versus-host-disease ravages Peek’s entire body and requires daily wound dressing changes, but it hasn’t deterred his strength and resolve to minister to the sick. This year will mark the second time Father Peek has participated in  the Winship 5K.

I chose to photograph Peek and the rest the survivors using a Nikon D7000 with a 17-55 f2.8 AFS Nikkor lens, set on manual exposure 1/250th of a second at f5.6 on flash white balance, using one shoot through umbrella and white reflector with a Nikon SU-800 Speedlight Commander unit triggering a Nikon SB-800 strobe set at 1/4 power in SU-4 mode on a black background for maximum Rembrandt effect to put maximum emphasis on the subject. Image © Chris Hunt 2012

For more of the portrait series go here.


18 Responses to “Father Joseph Peek”

  1. S. said

    These are wonderful, Chris.

  2. elizabeth said

    chris- this is such a great picture.
    you captured his true essence.
    no frills. just fjp.
    how can i get a copy of this?
    i think my mom (fjp’s mom) would really appreciate your work as well.

    • Chris Hunt said

      Hi Elizabeth. Thank you so much for the nice compliment on the photo. Honestly FJP was really one of my favorite images (and people) I had the honor to photograph last year. He’s truly a great man and I was so happy to capture his, as you say “true essence”. On the print. I work with a local photo lab and can have prints made and sent to you from them. Contact me at hunt_mchris@bellsouth.net for further details. Thanks. – Chris

  3. Regina Peek Vivanco said

    Chris, Great shot of my brother!! We would love to get an email or 8×10 for our parents. Don’t know if it is possible. I really is an awesome photo!

    • Chris Hunt said

      Hi Regina, Thanks so much for the compliment on the FJP photo. He’s an awesome subject and truly one of the people I’d love to have spent more time with. As I informed Elizabeth above, please contact me at hunt_mchris@bellsouth.net for how to obtain a print of this image. I work with a local lab who makes fine color images and can drop ship them directly to you. regards – Chris

  4. FrJosephPeek said

    Chris, Today is the 10th anniversary of my transplant! On the 5th I did finish the Winship 5k once more. Still not clear of the ravages of GVHD , but getting there. Your image shows forth the reality of us BMT patients. May God continue to bless you as you bless others through your skills. \

  5. What a great tribute. Fjp is a wonderful man, and priest. I love his family! I am also a photographer, GREAT work!
    God Bless

    • Chris Hunt said

      Thanks so much Lisa and especially from a fellow photographer! I can’t agree more about FJP. So glad to have had the opportunity to photograph him. – Chris

  6. Hey Chris,
    I’d like to talk with you about ordering an enlargement- what sizes could your printer do larger than 8×10?

  7. Chris Hunt said

    Hi Elizabeth, I use a commercial printer in Tucker who makes prints on color archival photo paper for my reprints. This image could be made into an 8×10, 11×14, or 16×20. Please message me at hunt_mchris@bellsouth.net for pricing. Thanks! – Chris

  8. Tom McFadden said

    how is Father Peek doing now? Any updates?

    • Chris Hunt said

      I’d like to know as well. Last I saw him he was on the sidelines cheering on the runners at the Winship Cancer Institute’s 5K fundraiser run. That was in 2013 though.

  9. elizabeth said

    our lady of the mountain catholic church is praying for you

  10. Anna Scharfenberger said

    Rest in the peace and embrace of Jesus, Fr Joseph Peek.
    Great picture. Everything I have read about you indicates to me you have fought the good fight, you have finished the race. Well done good and faithful servant! I will offer my rosary and Mass for you today. Please say hello to my boy Jon, and my tears and hugs to your family, especially your Mom.

  11. Thank you … we laid Fr. Peek to rest here today in Atlanta. A beautiful life. Thank you for capturing some of that in this beautiful image.

    • Chris Hunt said

      Your welcome. It’s an honor to have been able to meet him and make an impactful image. He was a true inspiration and a remarkable man.

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