My studio was a former livingroom. 12' x 12', an 8-foot ceiling and I only had three lights and a small assortment of props and backgrounds, 5 colors in all. Red, blue, white, black and seldom-used green. I had 90 minutes to figure out how to best portray each person so the viewer could get a general idea of who this person or band was without wording. Everyone was a stranger to me. It took 30 minutes to talk with them so I could figure out their psyche, about 30 minutes to figure out lighting and 30 minutes to fine-tune "the look". If I had Poloroid I could shoot 1 sheet to check my lighting. I shot 3 black and white sheets of film to warm them up as we prepared for what I called "the money shot". Cause I only had one sheet of color film per portrait. Sheet film was too expensive to shoot more than one. It was Rod Kennedy who arranged for me to photograph three musicians so I could practice portraiture. I broke my camera on the first attempt. My ground-glass fell to the floor and smashed into a million peices. That was Butch Hancock. Butch was gracious to come back the next day so I could try again. That was a fun photo shoot so one at a time after Butch, Bill Oliver and Steve Fromholz I invited musicians to my studio. Many times I had to venture away from the studio. I mean there is only so many locations you can find around a house and believe me I used all of them including the kitchen sink! Just about every night I was processing my black and white film and printing an 8 x 10 for everyone to use as they wanted to. Overall, I got hooked. I'd never had so much fun. My most important photo tip for aspiring photographers is USE A TRIPOD. The portraits you see here are the musician's who accepted my invitation and showed up! Thank you for looking. Feel free to leave comments.
- JoinedSeptember 2005
- OccupationMagazine Publisher
- HometownSpringville, NY
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