Sunday, May 29, 2011
Sunday, May 22, 2011
Sunday, May 15, 2011
The socialist republic of Vermont has been very, very good to me. The above referenced show opens June 21 at the Photo Place Gallery in picture perfect Middlebury and runs till July 16.
Middlebury and I go back to 1966 when my buddies and I were on work release from our minimum security kid’s camp on Schroon Lake. You can’t make this stuff up. We took the car carrying ferry from Fort Ticonderoga across Lake Champlain, had some beers in Stowe and dinner at the duly famous Dog Team Tavern. The restaurant was known for its relish wheel, sticky buns and prime rib. Sadly, it burned to the ground in 2006 after 70 years in business. Camp Cayuga on Schroon Lake is where I received my Honorable Discharge from this man's Army.
One of two images selected for the show is “Ground Fog” which is our backyard socked in by warm air and frozen earth.
Seems to me that this minimalist photograph is the low key cousin of my high key Sketches of Winter images.
Sunday, May 08, 2011
Sunday, May 01, 2011
When I got the call to photograph congressional candidate Janice Arnold-Jones I was a bit surprised. Certainly I am not known as a editorial portrait photographer so I asked Janice’s emissary why she had called me. Suzanne Brock who made the call simply said that she knew me socially, knew I was a photographer and wondered if I did such work. My somewhat indirect answer was that “I’d be delighted to do it.”
When I arrived at the Brock’s magnificent hacienda on the rim of the Rio Pueblo gorge I scouted for locations with soft light and open shade, no mean task at 1:30 on a spring afternoon. The entry courtyard proved ideal though later we took some chances in gusty winds and midday sun.
I sat with the candidate for a few minutes to learn what she wanted the images to project. She said she wanted to be engaging and friendly while maintaining a sense of command and confidence. She wanted to appear natural and to really connect with her eyes, to jump off the paper or screen.
As we walked to the courtyard I remembered the portrait photographer’s mantra, “Get the money shot first.” I told Janice that we’d get that one in the can then get more adventurous as we got to know each other.
Above is the third in 312 images and is a money shot in my view.
In shot two Janice becomes more relaxed and animated and below she’s downright playful.