Something New – Recent Works

About six months ago I made a serious commitment to enhancing and improving my Something New portfolio.  Much work remains around shooting, editing and sequencing for me to consider this project worthy of consideration as a cohesive body of work.

I was incredibly fortunate to have an opportunity to work with two models together, something the project has not experienced until now. Floofie and Olive came over and we went to work. The entire shoot was focused on making pictures for this portfolio. These are the first edits from the session and I feel very good about them.  More to come…..

Bits and Pieces – Updates

My “Bits and Pieces” project began a few years ago and was limited to images in and around my home containing images of mostly small objects and things. I often roll through my image library looking for inspiration or images I may have overlooked.  I found one from 2013 that was shot outdoors in West Chester, PA and the decision to include it with “Bits and Pieces” was obvious.

Zinn – Recent Works

A number of years ago I worked with Zinn for the first time and was amazed by the work that she put into modeling, every detail is critical and important to her.  Since then we’ve worked together on many occasions. Recently we had an opportunity to collaborate in the studio and test a few concepts that I had rolling around in my head. I’ll often shoot new concepts in an effort to determine if it’s something with potential and worthy of becoming a project.

Something New – Recent Works

I’ve been working hard at expanding and enhancing this portfolio. Two new additions that I feel are very strong.

Kim Weston – Nude Workshop

I was incredibly fortunate to have an opportunity to travel to Carmel, CA to attend a Kim Weston workshop.  Kim is the grandson of Edward Weston who is one of the pioneers and masters of photography who I’ve admired and studied for years. The workshop was held at Wildcat Hill which was the home of Edward Weston.  The experience of being in this house and Edward’s darkroom was, to say the least, a bit overwhelming. The history of Wildcat Hill and the people who have walked the grounds and been in the house can be difficult to wrap ones head around. The energy was soft but ever present and strong. Kim and his wife Gina were wonderful hosts and I thank them for their generosity and hospitality. Kim and Gina always have a mystery guest photographer come in on Saturday evening to show some work and discuss it and photography in general.  It was a treat to meet Huntington Witherill, see his work and chat about photography. Please take some time and look at his work.

It was a weekend without the noise and distractions of the Internet and cell phones which was incredibly refreshing.  Kim has a wonderful teaching style that made it extremely easy to absorb what he was saying. Simple yet powerful. I found myself exploring my own thoughts and beliefs of what strong photographs are to a much deeper level hopefully working this into my work going forward.  I’ve always believed in workshops and educational venues and events taught by experienced working artists to be incredibly valuable in enhancing my journey and improving my work. I found myself open to concepts and ideas that I would likely not explored if I had not attended the workshop.  It will not radically change or alter my work but will enhance it and hopefully add some elements that will strengthen it. Along with the new openness came some validation of my current approach and beliefs which helped me gain some overall confidence in my work.

Below are a few select images from the workshop.

On Being a Student

I’ve been making photographs ever since I was very young and have always been fascinated with them. As I grew older I decided to make a serious commitment to the art of photography and set out to learn and practice.

Quite a few years ago a friend of mine recommended the Maine Photographic Workshops (now Maine Media Workshops). He told me I would never be the same after attending a workshop there. He was correct beyond anything I could have imagined. I knew that I wanted to use great care in selecting not only the workshop but also the instructor. I went about looking at the available workshops knowing that I wanted to improve my vision, my ability to see photographically. The workshop I chose was The Photographer’s Eye taught by Cig Harvey. I had studied Cig’s work in the selection process and was immediately drawn to it. At the time it was all black and white and largely self-portraits. It was beautiful, elegant, simple, sophisticated and spoke loudly to me with the stories it told. The workshop was one of the best weeks of my life and my decision was validated. What I learned that week set a strong foundation for the work I would do going forward. A foundation that serves me well to this day and will no doubt continue to do so. This was the summer of 2003.

Fast-forward to April, 2016 and another critical decision I made. This one was made much faster with little research or thought. I decided to attend a Kim Weston Nude workshop. Kim is the grandson of Edward Weston and the workshop was held at Wildcat Hill, Edward’s home. Kim and his wife Gina now live there and the estate has become their home and base or operations for Kim’s work.

Prior to attending this workshop I felt my work being influenced by a lot of what was going on around me and was on a wiggly road. I knew I wanted and needed to exit this road so this was the basis for my decision to attend. I was not sure specifically what I needed but knew I needed something. The workshop turned out to be exactly what I needed and shifted both me and my work to a better place. Hopefully my work will advance to a higher level.

I have always considered myself a student when it comes to photography and my art. Learn, practice and study and then do it again and again and recognize when you need something outside of your normal routine to bring your work to a higher level.

This image is one of my favorites from the workshop.

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Lighting the Nude

Experimenting with a new to me lighting set up.  I think I like it.

Model credit: Stevie Macaroni

Stevie - © William Earle

Stevie – © William Earle

The Dance

Motion is always interesting, full of energy and can produce some intriguing results. It’s fun because to a large extent you don’t know what you’re going to get. I felt that the lines, shape lighting and energy all came together nicely in this one.

Model credit: Stevie Macaroni

Stevie - © William Earle

Stevie – © William Earle

Negative Space

I absolutely love negative space in a photograph.  I believe it’s important that it is used carefully so as not to reduce the size of the main subject to a point where it becomes insignificant.  The negative space should enhance the main subject and overall picture.

Model credit: Stevie Macaroni

Stevie © William Earle

Stevie © William Earle

 

 

Water – Juried Exhibition

I’m honored to have one of my pieces selected for inclusion in this juried exhibit at The SE Center for Photography.  This image was shot along the Southern coastline of Iceland. I was amazed by nature’s perfect blending of the black sand and beige beach grass; a perfect color palette.

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Iceland – © William Earle