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Tennessee

Just got back from a great trip to Tennessee. We got to do the whole Memphis thing – with tours of Graceland, Sun Records and the Gibson guitar factory. What a great musical weekend.From there, we headed to Nashville where I received my Photographic Craftsman degree from The Professional Photographers of America. Great trip!
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Mentor Booth at Imaging USA

I will be at the Mentor Booth at Imaging USA in Nashville next week. Hope to see you there. (info below) ****** PPA Print Competition Mentor Program Reserve Your Appointment Now Take advantage of free consultations with PPA Jurors/Mentors from PPA’s Photographic Exhibition Committee (PEC). These personal evaluations by some of the world’s best photographers can help you significantly improve your craft. Ask questions, receive information and tips on creating exhibition-quality images, and get the inside track on how to earn merits towards the prestigious PPA Master of Photography degree. Due to the extreme popularity of these mentor sessions, a limited number of appointments will be available and must be scheduled in advance. Contact PEC Administrator Jim Dingwell to reserve a time for your review. Jim Dingwell jdingwell@ppa.com
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Choose Your Favorite!

Now that the project is done, I’d love your feedback. Of the 40 self portraits, which is your favorite? If you would like to leave a comment as to why it is your favorite, I’d love to hear it!!! <br /> <a href=”http://answers.polldaddy.com/poll/2483106/”>Which was your favorite 4040 image?</a><span style=”font-size:9px;”>(<a href=”http://www.polldaddy.com”>online surveys</a>)</span><br />
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Week 40: Take A Bow

Whew…. I can’t believe it is finally here – the last week of the 40@Forty Project. It has been one of the toughest things I’ve ever taken on, but I’m thrilled with the images that have emerged. It was really tough to figure out how to end it – what concept should I save for the last week? Over the course of the project, I’ve done portrait tributes from Pablo Picasso to Norman Rockwell. For the big finale, I thought I would turn it around and create a self portrait that actually referenced one of my own works. “Take A Bow” has always been one of my all-time favorite images and seemed like the perfect curtain call for this 40 week performance.
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Week 39: Modern Self Portrait

When I started this project months ago – this was one of the concepts that I have been meaning to do from the beginning. I just couldn’t figure out how to put my own spin on it. I finally decided to put a digital twist on one of my all-time favorite self portraits. Show off your art history knowledge and identify the work of art that I am referencing here!
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Week 38: Senior Portrait

My friend Gusi returned to use her makeup skills for another project. This time, we decided to see how old she could make me look. I thought it would be interesting to see how I might look several years down the road. Gusi did the makeup, I added a few props – and voila- Old Larry!
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Week 37: Field of Dreams

If I could do anything (other than photography) for a living, one of my top choices would be to play baseball. I mean, how cool is that – to get paid to play a game!? Sports is a huge part of my life. I can’t remember the last time a week went by without us either attending a pro sporting event, one of our kids’ practices or one of their games. I thought it was only fitting to include a sports-themed image in the 4040 Collection. My friends at the Frisco Roughriders were kind enough to let me out onto the field last week to create a few images. After leading me out there and dragging the tarp off the pitcher’s mound, they left me alone to photograph away. It was kind of surreal being all alone on that huge field in a totally quiet stadium. After trying out a few different poses, I finally settled on this one – just me relaxing with my camera at home plate. Big thanks to Mike and Scott at the Roughriders for helping me with this undertaking. If you don’t attend the Roughrider games, let me tell you – you are missing out!
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Fellow 40: Melanie

Melanie, Age: 40 One of the few advantages of growing older is the “growing wiser” part. Melanie mentioned that the older she gets, the more intuitive she gets. To that end, we set out to create this image of her as a fortune teller. After playing around with the lighting for a bit, we finally hit the right look – beautiful, but mysterious. Without question, a wonderful addition to the 4040 Project!
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Week 36: Slave To The Clock

You know how sometimes it seems there just aren’t enough hours in the day? I’ve certainly been experiencing that lately and thought it would be appropriate to use it for this week’s 4040 theme. I wanted to create something similar to the classic Mickey Mouse watch that everyone has owned at one point or another. Here is what I came up with: I had a tough time getting all the pieces to fit together properly – but finally ended up with something that worked. Maybe I will contact Rolex and see if they can make a wristwatch version of this!
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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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