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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.”
Fortunately, we got everything working again.
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.
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.
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