Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Lessons learned, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in Texas with Keith Carter.
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One of the things that you may have discovered is that after a significant…event I really enjoy, spending some time with my journal and writing down…my thoughts and ideas.…And after having my portrait made by Keith, I did just that.…I wrote down some of the lessons that I learned, some of the takeaways that I had.…And I want to share few of those with you.…One of the first things that I wrote down is that it's really helpful for the…subject to provide them with some sort of visual or maybe even historical…reference to the type of photographs that you want to make.…
And one of the things that happens is as a photographer you have the strong visual…idea in your mind, but the subject really doesn't have any clue what that is.…And when Keith brought up this historical reference of these early photographs…that were less vain, of the subject looking straight into the camera, I got it.…I knew what he was going for.…Another thing I wrote down was that it's important to vocalize your movements.…You know a lot of times photography is problem solving, right?…
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.