Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video The outdoor portraits, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in Texas with Keith Carter.
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After having made this photograph, I was ready to move on, to move on to…something different.…And as I thought a little bit about Keith, I thought a lot about all of these…different things that he had around his home and his studio.…There is so much texture and depth.…There are so many interesting details.…I wanted to try to bring something into the picture.…Rather than just having Keith stand there, I wanted some element or item, and I…was talking to Keith about this.…And he said, let me grab my mandolin, and this was one of the pictures that was made.…
And sometimes by bringing in a prop, it can give the subject something different…to do, and it can give you some different ideas--in this case, blocking a lot of…his face and just his eyes peering over the edge of the mandolin.…This particular perspective to me is intriguing.…It's a quiet photograph.…Again, I just photographed in natural light underneath that overhang, a little…bit brighter on the left side of the picture.…It's a calm photograph, and really this next segment of the photo shoot, I'll…
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.