Join Chris Orwig for an in-depth discussion in this video The value of the conversation, part of Narrative Portraiture: On Location in Texas with Keith Carter.
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One of the things that I've discovered about portraiture is that it's incredibly…important to connect with your subject.…It's about listening, noticing those small details.…It's about asking questions.…In essence, it's a little bit like conversation.…So often when you have a conversation with someone, sometimes the best…questions, they are the hardest to ask, but they are almost always worth it.…It's about crossing perhaps that awkward threshold and digging a little bit deeper.…So often as photographers we're comfortable hiding behind our cameras.…
There is a certain comfort there that we like and enjoy.…But I find it's almost always worth it to set the camera down, to look someone…in the eyes and just talk, and try to make that connection. And as I talked with…Keith, I realized that he is really gifted at that.…He is gifted at making those connections.…One of the reasons why I think his photography is so strong is because of that.…My hope in reflecting upon our conversation is that it gives you a few ideas, a…
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.