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Archive for the ‘creativity’ Category

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”

 

Window Light with Christina

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I’m continuing with my personal photography project to shoot one person, Christina, over a period of 10 weeks. If you missed any of the earlier blog posts, see the three listed just to the right under “Recent Articles,” all with titles ending in “Christina.”

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This week, we shot in a modern building with a lot of window light. The quality of window light is hard to replicate in the studio.  It provides a very flattering look and if the subject is placed close to the window, the light can wrap around her in a lovely way.

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Christina has been joy to work with. Stay tuned for more images – we’ll be going to outside locations, now that the weather here in Connecticut is finally looking and feeling like Spring!

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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Fun with Oversized Sweaters!

 

 

 

 

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Last week, I had the pleasure of shooting again with my friend, J.D., an actor and model. Regular readers will recognize her from my January blog post, Shooting with an Actor.

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J.D. wanted to try some images with big, stretchy sweaters. I was game! We didn’t really have a plan for the pose concepts, rather just to try different looks and see what worked.

I had two lights on the background to make it almost pure white and also provide a bit of wraparound light. There was one big soft box above and just to the left of the camera and a reflector below the frame to bounce a bit of soft light back into her face. This is a flattering lighting setup overall, while still allowing for shading on the right side of her face to add dimension and depth to the images.

Capture0105-2-950px-EditJ. D., you are a joy to shoot with.   The best shoots are the ones where the model and the photographer collaborate in the creative process – as we did here.

OK, are you surely clicking on each image to see it bigger on your screen? It makes a difference – Try it! Thanks as always for your interest in my work.

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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