The Artist and The Space ~ Rachel
I met Minneapolis photographer Rachel Simmons last fall, I even interviewed her for my podcast. She is not your ordinary family photographer, she uses her amazing studio space to create an imaginary world for children’s birthday parties. I met with her yesterday morning as she was setting up for a Winter Wonderland themed party. I can tell you that it is a lot of work! But what an amazing thing to combine her love for children, photography and the imaginary into whimsical birthday parties to the delight of children of all ages…
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ABOUT THE PROJECT: For consistency, I shoot this project at 35mm (my fastest prime lens) with the Fujifilm X-Pro2 in Jpeg Acros film simulation and in horizontal format. I also always use ambient light and do minimal post processing, if any. The point of the exercise is to spend time playing with my camera, not with Lightroom. I strongly believe in the power of limitations and in making the photograph in camera.
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.