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Archive for the ‘Art’ Category

Sometimes the Old Tech is Best

by Blake Robinson

January 22nd, 2016    0 Comments     Add Comment
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In photographing the artwork recently of my new friend, Bill Jacklin, I used my fancy Nikon camera, bristling with all the latest technology. The camera was set up to fire two lights with a remote wireless trigger. In the middle of the shoot, we had some glitches – well, in truth, I couldn’t get the camera to take a picture. As I’m struggling with this, Bill picks up an old beat-up paint brush and says, very kindly, “Sometimes the old technology is best.”

How true!

Fortunately, we got everything working again.

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Bill is an Englishman and a very accomplished and successful artist. He is a member of the historic Royal Academy of Arts in London, a true honor in his profession, with membership limited to just 80 practicing artists.  He has an exhibit at the Royal Academy scheduled for the Spring, as well as two books of his work coming out shortly.

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Photographing artwork is perhaps at the other end of the spectrum from photographing portraits. In my portrait work, I’m trying to draw out something of my client’s personality and spirit. And, my artistic expression hopefully comes through in each portrait I take. When I photograph artwork, I’m in essence only a technician. The goal is to show the art just as the artist made it, with lighting, tone, texture and colors represented as closely as possible to the original art itself.

Thanks, Bill, for the opportunity and privilege of shooting your amazing work – and the chance to get to know you and spend time with you in your studio. You can see more of Bill’s work at his website.

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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Grace Farms

by Blake Robinson

October 20th, 2015    3 Comments     Add Comment
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Today, I went up to see the newly opened Grace Farms in New Canaan. Grace Farms adds new meaning to the phrase “multi-purpose.”

On over 80 acres of grounds, there are: a church, a library, a dining space, amazing works of art, walking trails, horse paddocks, and even a gymnasium with a basketball court. 77 of the 80 acres will remain as open space.

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The very modern architecture is full of curved walkways connecting the various buildings. You can read more about Grace Farms in an article from the New York Times last weekend.

By the way, please click on any photo in this blog post, and it will appear LARGER and CLEARER.

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Just walking around this morning, I was blown away by the beauty of the landscape and how all the buildings have floor-to-ceiling glass, so you are always connected to the outdoors.

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Hope you will have a chance to see Grace Farms soon – It’s still wrapped in gorgeous fall foliage. Will be fun to see all the ways this place will be used and enjoyed over the years ahead.

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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Ceramics Art

by Blake Robinson

July 23rd, 2015    1 Comment     Add Comment
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I had the pleasure last week of photographing some beautiful ceramics artwork for Chris, a rising high school senior. Chris needed the pictures to show his work in some college applications as well as to make up a printed book displaying the pieces.

Please click on each image to see it in a LARGER and CLEARER view.

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We transported (carefully!) all the work from Chris’s home to my studio. For a few hours on Saturday, we photographed the work together. It was very helpful to have Chris at the shoot so we could get just the angles and views that he wanted.  At the end of the shoot, we went through about 200 images and Chris chose 26 which I edited for him in Photoshop.

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The picture above is the largest work we shot. It’s mounted on a plywood board, roughly 3 feet by 5 feet in size. Below is a detailed view of the lower right part of the board. Chris spent several months making the ceramic pieces, painting and glazing them and mounting them to make this very dramatic statement!

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Although most of my work is taking portraits of people, I love shooting art – paintings, sculpture and ceramics – and helping artists represent their work in the best possible light.

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Chris’s simple bowls are all wonderfully proportioned. I love the pastel colors and subtle textures, many of which bring to mind the Caribbean – at least for me!

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Here’s a much more complicated piece, that included space for four different desert plantings. We shot this piece from several angles – hard to show off all its crazy twists and turns in one two-dimensional photo.

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The hand-bowl is one of my favorites. Chris used a cast of his own hand to make this. Hands can be so expressive, as this one is. I laughed out loud when I first saw it. The little dent across from the fingers was made from pressure from the heel of Chris’s hand.

We photographed the work on a seamless white background. I lit each picture so that we’d show a bit of shadow. This helps to ground each piece, so it doesn’t appear to be floating in space. The shadows of the fingers above are pretty subtle – a viewer may not even consciously see the shadows – but we can sense that the bowl is resting on a surface.

I hope to see more of Chris’s creations in the months and years ahead. This terrific young man has a true artistic talent and special flair, don’t you think?

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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