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On Beauty

by Blake Robinson

May 7th, 2015    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Julie Kent, by Elizabeth Lippman, for The New York Times.

Julie Kent, by Elizabeth Lippman, for The New York Times.

 

 

 

In my photography, I try to represent beauty whenever I can. I get kidded by my friends sometimes for apparently only wanting to shoot beautiful women.  A quick look at the flash sequence on the homepage of my website  might reinforce that idea. Although, truth be told, I seek beauty in everything I photograph – flowers, landscapes and even men – we’ll call it handsomeness for men!

Beauty in photography seems to be under attack these days. Fashion magazines are criticized for showing models that have been “over-Photoshopped” to an unrealistic ideal. And pictures that win all the awards are often shocking and upsetting, representing violence, natural disasters and all kinds of ugliness.

Flower (seven), Blake Robinson Photography

Flower (seven), Blake Robinson Photography

Julie Kent, a beautiful person inside and out, is retiring from the American Ballet Theatre this summer, after an amazing 30-year career as a dancer.  Read what Julie said (as reported in The New York Times today).

“I once received a note from the famous Natalia Makarova. She said, essentially, that beauty can save the world — what a big responsibility you have on your shoulders. This concept has meant different things at different times in my life, but it’s been constant in my purpose in ballet: the beauty that is so classically expressed in art and dance.

But there is beauty in everything if you look for it and find it in yourself, and if you contribute it to your world in any way you can. You don’t have to be a ballet dancer.”

Brava to both Julie and Natalia. Not sure if I can save the world, but I’ll keep shooting beauty whenever and wherever I find it.

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”

 

Renovation – Part One

by Blake Robinson

September 13th, 2014    4 Comments     Add Comment
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We’re in the middle of a renovation of our house. Like most renovations, it started with a seemingly simple plan – let’s knock down the wall between our kitchen and family room, open the area up and replace our appliances.

Well the project has gotten bigger! It includes a whole new HVAC system for the first floor, all new furniture, a nifty audio/video/internet system, new hardwood floors, and a bunch of other goodies. But first – the view above features our current meal preparation options. We have a coffee pot and microwave in our dining room (and the old fridge in the garage), paper plates and plastic cups and forks. It works fine.

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We’re still in our dining room in this image. We have this snazzy plastic doorway with a zipper to keep the dust of the renovation out of the rest of the house. It works pretty well.

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The is view from our old kitchen space, now opened up to the family room.

 

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This is part of the kitchen design plan. The new kitchen extends into the family room a bit. As shown, we’ll have two islands.  These plans are hard for me to read, but I have every confidence that our builder knows how to read them! The general contractor is Brian Dean of Bryan and Brian.  Brian and all his subs are doing a terrific job for us.

 

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This is a side view, with the old kitchen space to the left and the family room to the right. The support beam that was installed where the old wall stood starts in the upper right corner. It is a sandwich of wood-steel-steel-wood, 17 feet long. I took a very long walk when they were getting this baby in place. You can see some of the crafty electrical and plumbing work in the ceiling – lots of stuff had to be rerouted.  About the only things is this photo I comprehend are the broom and the shovel.

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We have a lot of scenes like this. These wires will all find something useful to do before long, right Brian?

 

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This is the view from the family room looking back towards the old kitchen space. The pink sponge painting on the wall will be covered over with something more grownup in a few short weeks.

The view out to our backyard, below, remains the same. But now, we’ll be able to enjoy it from a more more comfortable and classy space.

Stay tuned for some pictures of everything finished – sometime in October.

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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Find What You Love

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The two pictures in this post are of Megan, an aspiring model. Megan loves to model. During our recent shoot, it was rare that I captured her without a smile. She has found something she loves to do.

Find What You Love. I hope you will read this article by a British concert pianist. Then, please come back here! Find What You Love.

James Rhodes showed extraordinary courage and determination to pursue his passion.

For me, I took a somewhat different – and admittedly easier –  path. I retired early from the business world, without a clear idea of what I wanted to do next. I had always been an avid amateur photographer, so I took some photography courses at a local art school. One particular course, on studio lighting, really grabbed a hold of me. I want to do this! Without quite knowing how to proceed, I began to look for a studio and found my current space five years ago this month. I bought some studio lights and began to teach myself how to use them. While I took courses, workshops and private instruction from more experienced photographers, most of my training is self-taught. This is the hard way, but was the right path for me.

I absolutely love taking portraits of people – in the studio or any other location. It’s what gets me excited every morning. I work really hard to improve my skills and learn new techniques. In business, I didn’t have much of an opportunity to use the right side of the brain. I’m making up for lost time now – and having a ball. Right now, I can’t imagine doing anything else.

There was a fork in the road for me. When I took that lighting course, I could have said, “Gee, that looks like fun, but I’m too old to start this now.” Or – “I’ll never be as good at this as the teacher – so why bother?” I give thanks every day that, somehow,  I took a leap of faith.

Have you found what you love? I hope so. Are you doing it? I hope so.  If not, is it time now to make that leap?

“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”

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

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