The Artist and The Space ~ Carl
I’m so excited to share this new photography project with you!! I started it today, on the first real snowy day of the season in Minnesota. Coincidence? Maybe so, but I think it came at the right time… Every winter seems to be getting a little longer up here. It may very well feel that way because I now have the opportunity to escape the cold on a regular basis for my work. After each trip to teach a workshop during the winter months, it feels as if winter should have subsided up here. But it remains, month after month, from November to April. This year I was determined to start a new project before the first snow flake flies, but I didn’t expect it so soon!!
I came back from teaching in France exactly a week ago. The very next day I met Carl at his studio in NE Minneapolis during an open studio event. He was listening to Shostakovich, his little dog Bella was wearing a Wonder Woman outfit and we talked about seagulls. I knew we would become fast friends! After exchanging a couple of emails, I asked Carl if he would participate in my new photography project ‘The Artist & The Space’. We agreed on a day and time to meet at his studio again the following week. Et voilà! He is the first subject of my new series.
For consistency, I will shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 (for a change) in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I will also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any (applying my 5 sec. rule per frame or less). The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom.
As the title indicates, this series is about artists and their space, not so much about the art itself. As you know, I love photographing people, but I also love those little details that say so much about who a person is. Nothing is staged or posed, I simply record the artist at work. Working with Carl this morning made my day as we enjoyed a nice conversation while he was painting and I was shooting. And sweet little Bella gave me my much needed dog fix. I will certainly visit them again soon!
Visit the full project gallery on my website. What do you think about this new project? I’d love to read your thoughts!
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