Friday, February 26, 2010
Well, another busy week has passed.
Last Saturday night, I drove to Perry, Georgia to shoot portraits at a rodeo for a personal project. Still processing all the film, but I'll try to get some of that posted here. It was a blast.
This week I had three commercial shoots and four portraits, with four more portrait sessions on Saturday. Whew! I love it when February is this busy. It usually bodes well for another great year.
For now, please enjoy this Joyful Friday Evening Portrait of our three sons. We made this a few weeks back to celebrate Calder's second birthday. You can see what a bunch of rascally rabbits Kristin and I have created. Never a dull moment in the Smith home!
Thursday, February 18, 2010
Be sure to check out our Facebook page and nominate your favorite mutt! We are taking applications for inclusion in our Mutts project, which will hopefully become a book of the scruffiest, ruffiest and most beautiful mix breed dogs.
Kristin's got all the details on Facebook!
Friday, February 12, 2010
One of my ongoing projects is working with the fine people over at the Coca-Cola Archives, photographing their limitless collection of Coca-Cola memorabilia for use in their digital archive.
Phil Mooney has been the historian/archivist for The Coca-Cola Company for the last 30 years, and he's got a great blog over at Coca-Cola Conversations where he covers the history of the brand, features collectors and discusses the various rarities in the archives. One of the pieces I've recently photographed is a Norman Rockwell study for a proposed advertisement.
This is a lovely little painting, about 5"x7", with a very heavy, brushy and impressionistic quality quite uncharacteristic of the detail-rich oils for which Rockwell is known. If you're ever up in Stockbridge, MA, be sure to hit the Norman Rockwell Museum; it's a real joy. Unlike so many artists who traffic in misanthropy, Rockwell loved his fellow man, and each of his artworks is a celebration of humanity in all it's wild variations.
Rockwell was also a fine photographer, and used his photography to create concepts for his paintings, as seen in this photo study for "Gossips":
Here's the final painting: