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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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Inspired by a Painting

IMG_2047blogsizeI I look at the pictures of a lot of photographers – past and present – for inspiration and ideas for my own work. But I also look at paintings. This one really grabbed me.

The painting is by Mary Morant, a local artist whose work I’ve admired for a long time. I saw the painting in an art show here in Darien. It’s called “Kate” and it’s a fairly large piece – 24 inches by 30 inches. There was a lot of good art in the show, but I kept coming back to this wonderful painting. Here’s what I like about it:

1) The composition is very simple and therefore very powerful. There’s nothing extraneous in the frame.

2)  The light is gorgeous – and it feels very real and true. I love the way the light catches just the edge of the girl’s face, the play of light and shadow on her back, and the way the light catches a few stray hairs. The light is strong enough that it “blows out”  (in photography terms) what is printed on the booklet she is holding. This is just the way our eyes would work in this scene if we were looking over the girl’s shoulder. Painting (or photographing) in such a harsh light, where the sun is high in the sky, is very difficult. Mary nailed it. Even the earring is lit perfectly.

3) The background. The tones and color of the green (grass?) is a perfect complement to the tones and colors of the girl. There’s a “narrow depth of field” as we would say in photography, so the background is out of focus. Again, this is how a viewer might perceive this scene, putting the emphasis on our main subject.

4) The mystery. Where is this young lady? What is she reading? What does she look like head on? (If only Kate would turn her head slightly so we could see her face!) What is she thinking? The beauty of Mary’s painting is that our imaginations are given free reign to run wild. Here’s what I came up with – the girl is at her high school graduation, which is being held outside, and she’s following the program as the ceremony progresses. Perhaps she is looking for the place where she will be called up to receive her diploma. She’s reflecting back on her school experiences and also wondering about what the future holds for her.

Studying and thinking about Mary’s painting – and other works of art –  informs my own photography, in both conscious and unconscious ways.

Brava, Mary Morant! You can see more Mary’s work at her 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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