Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Meeting Charles Stagg, part of Narrative Portraiture: Portraits of Two Texas Artists.
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Well, I was excited to meet Charles and to learn a little bit about him…and about this place.…One of the things that I needed to do was to try to get familiar with who he was,…and what I noticed right off the bat is that he was a little bit soft-spoken and…also that he had a lot of stories.…He had lived and built this place over the last thirty years.…I wanted to learn about it, and so we start to walk and to talk, and I was just…asking him questions about how he built it.…And what was so fascinating to me was that this structure, it almost…revealed everything.…
You know, in typical construction what you do is you have framing and you have…perhaps wires and plumbing and then you cover all of that up with drywall.…You never see inside.…You never see how it was built.…Well here, it was as if it was almost built inside out. You could see the whole…process. You could imagine how the structure was built can by can, bottle by…bottle, inch by inch, and that was really fascinating.…So part of the initial process for me was just getting familiar with Charles,…
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.