Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video The portrait session, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in Texas with Keith Carter.
Chris Orwig: So then can I take some portraits of you? Keith Carter: I want to keep my shirt on, but yeah, yeah.…Chris: I think that shirt will work too. I like that. Keith: You know, it has no pattern.…Chris: And then can I try with your camera. Keith: Oh sure, sure.…Chris: You get some film in there. Keith: Yeah, I will get some more film. Hold on.…Chris: So you don't like 3200 speed film?…Keith: Well, it's too grainy for me.…Chris: But you like all this-- Keith: I like speed.…Chris: But you like so much of the things that are distressed and aged and but not grain.…
Keith: I don't--yeah. Chris: Tell me about that.…Keith: Well, it's probably just the way I came up that you use the slowest speed film you…could for whatever job you were doing in order to have a sharper image,…if you enlarged it quite a bit, and less grain.…Less grain, I was always taught was, for most purposes, desirable. So today, I still.…Chris: Yeah. Keith: I don't want anything distracting from the image.…
Keith: I may stain that picture over there, but you don't have a lot of distracting…
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.
Skill Level Beginner
1. Portraits of an Artist's Space
2. A Conversation with Keith Carter
3. Reflections on the Conversation
4. Portrait Session: Keith Photographs Chris
5. Portrait Session: Chris Photographs Keith
6. Photo Review
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