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.
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.
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!
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.
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!
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.
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.
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