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In the Narrative Portraiture series, photographer and teacher Chris Orwig explores how to use location and natural light to create images that tell stories about their subjects and produce a strong emotional connection.
In this installment, Chris travels to Texas to visit two artists: David Cargill, a Beaumont sculptor who works with bronze and marble, and Charles Stagg, another Beaumont sculptor but in recycled and found materials. Chris takes their portraits and spends time discussing the composition and lighting in each session.
Chris also reviews the photos he took, and discusses the gear he used and the lessons he learned while visiting with and photographing these artists.
Well, this has been a wonderful adventure here in Texas getting to know Keith Carter, a fine-art photographer whose pictures are full of poetry, mystery, and life. You know one of my goals in this course has been that it'll be a catalyst for you, a catalyst which has exposed you to different ideas, different ways of thinking, which will ultimately affect who you are, how you see, and the photographs that you make. And as I reflect upon this adventure, it makes me think back to the previous ones: first where we started off in New York City, where we made some fascinating photographs on the Brooklyn Bridge; and then from there where we met up with Rodney Smith and we learned a little bit about him and his work; and then next, we traveled to the middle of the country, east Texas, where we spent some time with Keith; we've also spent some time with those people who have influenced Keith, some of his creative colleagues; we've gone out on location and discussed how to make portraits of people in different places.
Well, now, I'm excited to look forward, to look forward to what lies ahead, to what lies ahead to the next segment of our journey, where we'll continue to explore how to create photographs that are full of some sort of a narrative art, how we can create those portraits, those pictures of people that are authentic and alive. Well, until that next segment of our adventure, bye for now.
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