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Posts Tagged ‘artwork’

Looking at People Looking at Art

by Blake Robinson

December 7th, 2018    2 Comments     Add Comment
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It’s great fun to watch – and photograph – people interacting with art. One of my favorite places to do this is the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York. We were there last week. 

My rules are as follows: 1) Don’t let the subjects know you are photographing them,  2) try to just get the person or persons in the frame (with the art) without any extra people, and 3) imagine what the person is thinking about the art. 

This young man above was studying the Marc Chagall painting intently – and probably thinking to himself- Huh???

With this couple looking at one of my favorite Henri Rousseau paintings, I imagine the man is trying to explain the meaning of the piece to his girlfriend, but she has a bit of a skeptical look on her face – like – Do you really know what you are talking about?

This woman spent a lot of time trying to figure out this Rene Magritte painting. Here she is nose-to-nose with the hooded figure. Notice how close she is to the work – I expected a guard to come over and yell at her to back away. I’m hoping her close proximity gave her some clarity about the painting’s meaning!

The boy below was hamming it up for his friend, who was taking an iPhone picture of him off to my right.  The boy’s shirt is about the same color as the painting. And, by covering his face, he was perhaps trying to present a blank picture – much as he perceived the painting behind him. 

Can you see how much fun this is for me?

Working both in the studio and on location, photographer Blake Robinson serves Hilton Head Island, Bluffton and the other communities of Beaufort County, South Carolina.
“Individual, Indelible, Iconic Images”


Way to Go, Chris!

by Blake Robinson

February 16th, 2016    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Faithful readers will recall I photographed some ceramics artwork last summer for my friend, Chris, a high school student. See the blog post with some of Chris’s extraordinary artwork at Ceramics Art.

Chris used the photographs we took as part of his college applications. Chris was accepted into his first choice college and he came by today with a thank-you gift for me – a Syracuse cup and even Syracuse M & M’s (who knew they even made them?).

This is one special kid – a great artist and all around great guy. Syracuse is lucky to get him.

Way to Go, Chris!

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”

Sometimes the Old Tech is Best

by Blake Robinson

January 22nd, 2016    0 Comments     Add Comment
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Click on any image in this blog post to see the picture LARGER and CLEARER.

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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