Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video Wise rather than clever, part of Narrative Portraiture: Portraits of Two Texas Artists.
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I have another photographic assignment for you, and with this one I think the…title says it all, the title is Wise Rather than Clever.…You may remember one of the previous movies when I was talking about Keith's…darkroom and I was showing those different phrases that he has written in…his darkroom. One of those phrases was "Create pictures that are wise rather than clever."…What does that exactly mean?…Well, sometimes I think intelligence is something that we gain quickly.…It happens fast. Wisdom,…well, that's something that we can only gain through experience and through…the passage of time.…
You know so often in contemporary and modern photography, we try to create those…frames which are clever.…We take someone down to the beach and the beach is kind of gloomy.…We have them holding a red or bright yellow umbrella, and then we compose a…frame so they are on the rule of thirds, and we have this clever picture.…But it doesn't really say very much.…It's not very deep.…Those photographs that are wise, they have this depth. They are profound.…
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.