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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.
So there we were, on this dirt road in East Texas. We kept on expecting to see Charles Staggs' home, so we were driving down that road, one corner after another, driving on and on, deeper into this forest. At one point we came up this old rickety bridge, and we weren't quite sure about it. Hesitantly, we crossed that bridge, and again, we kept driving deeper and deeper into the forest. And then all of a sudden, we turned this corner and there. There it was, this really fantastic structure.
We pulled up and parked the cars and got out of the comfortable air-conditioned air, stepped into that hot humid Texas air, and I had my camera with me, and this was the first picture that I made, the first site that I saw, this really fascinating structure. Well, from there we walked straight in to meet Charles, to talk with them, to learn a little bit about who he is and about this place that he's created.
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