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Pergamon Exhibit at the Met

by Blake Robinson

July 13th, 2016    0 Comments     Add Comment

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Yesterday, we saw the extraordinary exhibit at the Metropolitan Museum in NYC of Greek statues from the Hellenistic period – roughly 300 BC to early in the First Century AD. Be sure to click on each image to see it LARGER and clearer.

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In looking at the show, I did listen to some of the audio guide, but as I walked around the galleries, I really didn’t study the labels on each piece, so I can’t identify these works for you. Rather, I just took pictures of the statues that drew me in. In some of these photographs, I just shot part of the work.

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This show blew me away.  The beauty, the skill of carving and the delicacy of each piece was a marvel to just observe and enjoy.  Imagine that these works were made over 2000 years ago.

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I decided to convert all the images to black and white, to emphasize the form and texture of each sculpture. As is true of every Met exhibit, the lighting was magnificent. These were easy to shoot with available light – a good thing, as flash is prohibited, of course.

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If you haven’t seen the show – you better hurry – it closes July 17th. For details see Pergamon.

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Has art advanced any in the past 2000 years? Ah, a topic for another day!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Charleston Architecture

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I haven’t been blogging for quite a while – it’s good to be back!

Recently we visited Charleston, South Carolina, and took some pictures in the old part of the city, on the Peninsula and “South of Broad,” to quote the title of a favorite Pat Conroy novel.

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These houses above are part of “Rainbow Row” – all with beautiful pastel colors.

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Walking around the streets, it’s easy to picture Charleston life in 1700’s – genteel and slow paced. The people of Charleston are friendly and open, even with the barrage of tourists.

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Most of the pictured houses are along the Battery, the extreme south end of the peninsula. There is a walkway along the water. Just out of the frame to the left is Fort Sumter. My dear spouse Marjorie enjoys the view here.

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All the houses are immaculately kept up. I had mixed success capturing the houses without any ugly modern vehicles to spoil the view.

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If you haven’t been to Charleston, it should definitely be on your list!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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Beauty Shoot with Nadia

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Last week, we had a fun shoot with Nadia, an aspiring model. In part, these are typical beauty headshots, but with a classic, old Hollywood aesthetic. Nadia’s wonderful makeup artist friend, Averi, helped us create the look.

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In going over the pictures and editing them, I was amazed to see the variety of hairstyles Nadia came up with, without a lot of fuss or muss. Well, in a few of the pictures we went with a purposely mussy look – see the last photograph, below.

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With several of the images, we created both black & white and color versions. As shown in the two images above, you can sense a very different feeling in the two photographs. In the black & white conversions, I used Silver Efex Pro, a fabulous plug-in program to Photoshop, that can replicate many old film styles. Which of these two images do you like best? I’d love to hear from you!

Thanks, Nadia, for a great shoot. Hope we can work together again!

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves the Connecticut communities of Darien, New Canaan, Stamford, Norwalk, Westport and Greenwich.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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