Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Large prints in review, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York with Rodney Smith.
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Now that we've had a chance to see some of the photographs that I feel are…keepers, I wanted to take a few more moments to talk a little bit about this…whole idea of reviewing and evaluating your pictures.…You know, so often what we do is we look at our photographs on our computer screen.…We make the important decisions there.…You know, sometimes that isn't enough.…For example, with this picture here, now we've seen this one before, but what…happened was, when I saw it on my computer, I didn't like it, but I thought it might be good,…I'll make a print.…
And when I saw it in printed form, I really liked it.…You know something happens when you commit an image to a print.…It tells a different type of a story.…Our computers are often cluttered. We have email.…We have to think about hard drives and hard drive space and being efficient and…making the right decisions.…But when you have a print, you can almost let the photograph breathe, let it live on…its own, apart from all the chaos of our computers.…
The course begins with a wide-ranging conversation between Chris and Rodney, during which they discuss Rodney's work, his approach to photography and models, his love of film and of black and white, and the importance of creating photographs that both ask questions and tell stories. Next, Chris tours Rodney Smith's studio, including the darkroom, to get more familiar with Rodney before photographing him.
Chris then takes a series of portraits of Rodney. Along the way, he reviews his gear choices and the compositional decisions he makes, and discusses the importance of committing photographs to paper, particularly in today's digital age. Finally, Chris reviews the images and shares some insights from his conversation with Rodney.