Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video The photo shoot, part of Narrative Portraiture: Portraits of Two Texas Artists.
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Chris Orwig: So I'd heard a lot about David from Keith and I was really excited to meet him.…And instantly I was taken by his kind and thoughtful face.…And it quickly became apparent that this is one of those guys that just has…so many stories.…It would be so fun to sit down with him for an afternoon and talk about art and life…and really learn about who he is and about how he approaches life.…It'd be wonderful to have a lot of time with him.…But in this case, I didn't have a lot of time.…I only had about an hour.…So one of the things that I knew that I needed to do was to make the connection.…
I needed to start to get to know him.…So part of that was asking questions.…I also knew that I needed to make some photographs.…Well, can I take a picture of you here and maybe you can just hold onto that branch?…I think that's a good spot. And I'm going to scoop back here a little ways.…So in order to create those photographs, I wanted to create a rhythm or a…flow that was natural and fluid. Rather than click, click, click, lots of photographs,…
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.