Woodland Fashions

Fashion at the Emporium, ©2014 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.

Fashion shoot at the Emporium

Fashion shoot at the Emporium

Recent fashion shoot at a new gallery space in Port Credit. The fashions, hair and makeup were designed with a woodland theme, and accompanied by a choreographed dance performance piece based on an Anansi legend. An elaborate set and lighting set the mood. Quite an event and fun to photograph! 

Defining Line: Caladium

Caladium, from Form: Defining Line by Jeanne McRight

Linear network of veins describes the form of this heart-shaped leaf. Black and white photograph ©Jeanne McRight 2014. All Rights Reserved.

Wayne Cardinalli Pottery

See my photos of this beautiful pottery: Wayne Cardinalli Pottery

I’m currently very busy photographing all of Wayne’s beautiful pottery. He needs the images for his website, exhibition catalogues, and his business promotions. Take a look at his work – and my photos – by clicking the above link:)

BTW, I specialize in photographing artists’ works. Please contact me if you need high quality images of your creations.

Photographing art works…

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Photographing art works…

Even though I’m working on a lot of commercial shoots these days, I’ve set myself to concentrate on form. You might think that would be easy when it comes to photographing the new sculptural teapots by ceramist Wayne Cardinalli. The artist has done all the hard thinking, right? The truth is, the angle of view and every shift of lighting changes how the piece’s shapes are perceived. The ceramist created the 3-dimensional form; the photographer must now create a 2-dimensional expression of that form. Technical skill is required but more than that, intuition is needed – an understanding and a feel for what the form is about.

Defining Line: Vein and Edge

from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.
Defining Line: Zigzag; from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.
from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.
Defining Line: Perforation; from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.
from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.
Defining Line: Point and Curve; from Form series, ©2013 Jeanne McRight. All Rights Reserved.

The shape of content

Every now and then I reread my battered copy of Shahn’s The Shape of Content. Shahn said,

Forms in art arise from the impact of idea upon material… so that thinking and belief and attitudes may endure as actual things.

Form is the shape of content…

An artist-photographer and teacher whose career spanned the Depression and WWII eras, Shahn was considered a modernist in his own practice, yet I find that there are wise words in this book that transcend the art world’s ideological shifts. Still a good read, especially for those who like to think about the role of structure in their work.

Lately I’ve revisited my thinking a lot about form, not a unique activity for humans of course, judging from cave art and the constellations.

Emphasizing “form” over other concepts is tricky since it’s so inclusive, but it will be interesting to try in my next series of photos.

I welcome your thoughts and comments always – please do share them with me.