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Salon des Refusés



24″ x 24″ Type C Print

The Salon des Refusés or “exhibition of rejects” was the exhibition of works rejected by the jury of the official Paris Salon of 1863.  This was rejected from a recent exhibit. I knew it was a risky submission. It’s an uncommon format, its complex and it is hard. Not something for the family room. I submitted it as NFS (Not For Sale) because I made it for me. It was a piece I had to make. I’ve been thinking about it since February 2011 when I made it. Looking at it now, above my desk, I’m not completely satisfied with the print so I’ll change it until it is the image I saw. My hunch is, it will be seen in another exhibit. It is a photograph that I would like to have seen. So this is my Salon des Refusés, “exhibition of rejects”.

Studio Portrait Rehearsal

Edited 17 Equip Test Drive 0660

 An unrepentant portraitist, Sunday afternoon in studio, trying out new gear with dancers is complete heaven.  Time and schedule dictated broad brush lighting setups. But like dancers, if I don’t rehearse, the performance will suffer. To make this, a strobe was boomed overhead, fitted with a homemade “globe”.  She held a small reflector to partly open neck shadows and a gridded strobe on the background provided some separation. With more time, I’d change back light position but testing the “globe” was accomplished. I wanted to make light as elegant and lovely as she is.


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