Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video The portrait in review, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in New York with Rodney Smith.
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Here we are going to take a few minutes to review the photographs that I…captured of Rodney.…I have printed all of these on this velvet fine art paper.…You can see there's a little black box here.…I am going to send these pictures to him, because, you know, a lot of times as…photographers, we are creating pictures for ourselves, but it's also interesting…to see others' responses to those same pictures.…Well, here is the first one.…This picture was all about working with what I had.…Rodney walked up in front of the studio, and I like this one.…
I like how there is a window behind him.…He is a little bit off to the side, not centered in the frame.…It's an honest picture, and I like that it's telling of who he is and his space.…Well, next, we walked over to this great door, and I really liked this door.…One of things that I knew I needed to do here was to experiment within this location.…This first picture, it's one of my favorites.…I like his hand on his face;…he looks comfortable, at ease.…
It's telling about who he is.…
The course begins with a wide-ranging conversation between Chris and Rodney, during which they discuss Rodney's work, his approach to photography and models, his love of film and of black and white, and the importance of creating photographs that both ask questions and tell stories. Next, Chris tours Rodney Smith's studio, including the darkroom, to get more familiar with Rodney before photographing him.
Chris then takes a series of portraits of Rodney. Along the way, he reviews his gear choices and the compositional decisions he makes, and discusses the importance of committing photographs to paper, particularly in today's digital age. Finally, Chris reviews the images and shares some insights from his conversation with Rodney.