Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Getting through the dry spells, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in Texas with Keith Carter.
Keith Carter: It's impossible, virtually impossible to make a qualitative judgment as to…whether or not this body of work you're absorbed in is going to be successful or…not while you're in the middle of it. It's impossible.…All you can do is talk yourself out of it. Oh!…I don't have enough time. Oh! It's been done before. Oh!…My friends don't like this. Oh!…I'm not doing a good job, don't have the money. This is too much time.…
All you do is talk yourself out of it.…It's like you've got this little black angel on your shoulder whispering that…stuff into your ear all the time.…I don't want to hear it.…I just don't want to hear it.…You've got to finish it, and then you can make a judgment as to whether or…not it's successful.…But let me tell you something. You notice how am I pointing my finger at you?…Chris Orwig: Yeah.…Keith: If you do 50 photographs on this assignment in 2 years, you're an aristocrat. You did it.…
You did what most people will never do, and you did it for the best of all…reasons. How can that be time it will spent?…
In this installment, Chris travels to Texas to visit with Keith Carter, a fine art photographer and teacher, and has a conversation with Keith about his work, outlook on art and photography, and suggestion that photographers commit at least two years to a personal project.
The course continues with a pair of portrait shoots. Keith photographs Chris and describes his process and creative decisions along the way. Then the cameras are swapped and Chris creates a portrait of Keith.
Finally, Chris reviews the photography he took, and discusses the gear he used and the lessons he learned while visiting with and photographing Keith.
Skill Level Beginner
Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York Citywith Chris Orwig1h 30m Appropriate for all
Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York with Rodney Smithwith Chris Orwig1h 51m Appropriate for all
Narrative Portraiture: Portraits of Two Texas Artistswith Chris Orwig1h 29m Appropriate for all
1. Portraits of an Artist's Space
2. A Conversation with Keith Carter
3. Reflections on the Conversation
4. Portrait Session: Keith Photographs Chris
5. Portrait Session: Chris Photographs Keith
6. Photo Review
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