Posts by Larry

Fellow 40: Ketan

Ketan, Age: 40 This guy is a perfect example of what the 4040 Project is all about. To commemorate his 40th birthday, Ketan decided to start a major undertaking. Although he had never done much running before, he set his sights on running in the White Rock Marathon. He has spent most of the year training and preparing himself for the marathon, which takes place next month. How cool is that? When I heard this, I knew his portrait would have to be about the running, so we created a portrait of him in his running outfit. To keep things looking authentic, we had him run between shots. I would say, “See those cars down the street? Run to that car, turn around, then run back.” I would then photograph him a few times as he was catching his breath – then send him off running again. This was one of the last images of the session, but he was still going strong. The things people will do for art! Best of luck in the marathon Ketan!!
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Indiana

Last week, I had the pleasure of attending the Indiana state photography convention. I served as a judge at their print competition, then gave a 3 hour photography program. One of the great things about my job is that I get to be in an industry where people really love their jobs. The folks in Indiana were so friendly and welcoming that I can’t wait to visit there again soon. After the convention we spent a couple of days exploring Indianapolis – including the IMA art museum and the Indy Zoo. What a cool place to visit. Next time, we have to bring the kids!!
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Week 35: The IMA Steps

This week, I had the pleasure of judging and speaking at the Indiana Professional Photographer’s convention. After finishing up my morning program, Heather and I decided to spend the afternoon exploring the Indianapolis Museum of Art. As we were heading into the building from the parking garage, this staircase to the upper level caught my attention. I knew it would be the perfect location for this week’s 4040. I set the timer, then jumped around the corner just as the camera snapped the image. I was hoping the motion would give it a sense of mystery and a Cartier-Bresson kind of feel. After tweaking the image a bit in Photoshop, I ended up with this week’s image.
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Fellow 40: Scott

Scott, Age: 40 It was cool to finally get a musician in for a Fellow Forty portrait. Scott plays bass guitar and I thought it would be cool to photograph him with an upright bass. As luck would have it, I stumbled onto someone who lives right by me that had one! The shoot couldn’t have been simpler. Basically Scott sat there playing-more or less in his own world – while I tried moving the lights around and shooting. I ended up liking this shot best. I adjusted the tone and added texture until the image took on this dark, moody quality.
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Week 34: Warholesque

Week 34: Warholesque Since the beginning of the project, I’ve been toying around with trying something in this style. Not because I like it particularly, but because it is such an iconic style. I toyed around with the levels and left in a few more shades of gray – as opposed to how Warhol did it. The resulting extra colors kind of make it a bit more abstract, but I felt the need to change it up at least a little bit. If anyone wants a 5 foot poster of this to put in their home, just let me know!
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Fellow Forty – Lexi

I knew that Lexi was expecting her third child, but had absolutely no idea she was forty. When I found out – I knew she needed to be included in the 40@Forty Project. We wanted to create something cool that wasn’t the traditional maternity portrait that you see every day. It occurred to me that my abstract profile concept – which I used for my self portrait a few weeks back – would be a perfect way to show off her pregnancy. We went with soft colors – with a dominant pink- then added a soft, whimsical pattern to give it a little depth. I ended up cropping it much looser than my self portrait. I wanted it to still have an abstract feel, but still be very clearly a maternity portrait. I love the way it turned out!
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Week 33: Vanishing

Week 33: Vanishing Years ago, my friend and mentor Gail Nogle created an image of her mentor – Jay Stock – bent over a camera with his white hair suspended above the viewfinder. That image has always stuck in my mind and I decided to try and put my own spin on the concept. I wanted a scene that was almost totally dark – with the main light source coming from inside the camera – illuminating my face. I had to toy around with several different ways of achieving this – but finally figured it out. It had a very old-time feel to it, so I went with that. I added some cloudy texture and a warm tone – along with some grain. To me, the image seems to be fading away – much like the film camera. This is one of the images that makes the 4040 project fun: trying something I’ve never done before and actually pulling it off.
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Austin 2009

I just returned from visiting a couple of great photography guilds in south Texas. Last week, I flew down to McAllen to speak to the Rio Grande Valley Professional Photographers – and of course take in some great Mexican food! Yesterday, I drove down to Austin to speak to the Austin Professional Photographers. What a great bunch of people at both locations! We talked about operating the home-based studio and how to bring it to the next level. The bad part was that I had to be back in Dallas this morning, so I went ahead and drove back home last night – right after the meeting. I didn’t get in until almost 2am and I’m about to fall asleep sitting here at the computer as I type this.
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Week 32: Red

Heather was flipping through a Richard Avedon book this weekend and was pointing out some of the images. There were quite a few where the subject was blurred and had crazy colors – very sixties-looking. Since following Heather’s suggestions is always a good idea, I had worked up an image in this psychedelic style. I took several images – all with me moving around to create blur – then I tried playing with the different colors. I finally came up with an ok image and started deciding how to crop it. I accidentally double-clicked on the face, causing the image to zoom in and crop very, very tight – much closer than I would have ever attempted. Strangely enough, I thought it was kind of cool. It almost has the abstract feel of the Week 26 image.
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Week 31

It is hard to believe that I am down to the final ten weeks of the 40@Forty Project. The year is flying by – but I guess that is what happens when you get old! This weekend I was browsing through my iTunes library and I came across a Paul Simon album cover that caught my attention. It was a very stark – almost geometric – portrait. I decided to take the basic concept and create something for this week’s portrait. It took a few attempts to get the light how I wanted it, but I finally got it. I loved the high contrast black and white look, along with the drama created by all the negative space. It was tough for me to crop it so tightly- because it isn’t what I’m used to – but I think it really helped the composition. I loved the graphic, black & white feel – which was quite a departure from the images of the past few weeks.
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