Recently, someone asked me how I got started photographing jewelry. It all start almost 35 years ago, with shooting work for Jim Meyer. I was doing photography for several crafts artists and a mutual friend suggested I shoot his work. We have been friends ever since. Out of that, I have done photography for many fine jewelers over the years. In fact, recently one of the first images I did for Jim was included in a book edited by Bob Ebendorf. While it looked old and dated to me, Bob said it was still a favorite piece of Jim's and he liked my image of it. I won't be including that here, but these are some recent pieces by C. James Meyer. I will also be uploading the work of some other jewelers in the near future.
Paintings by two Virginia artists working with different senses of surrealism. Both wonderful and as a photographer challenging. Ann Chenoweth has long been know for her prints, but this series of paintings' surreal quality speaks to the wonder of nature. Here the rich detail and layers of glazes and tone are the problem.Elizabeth Coffey's paintings have a textural pattern in the surface that was hard to capture and on this blog maybe hard to see. (click on the images to enlarge them) Enjoy. Ann Chenoweth:
Looking back at art I photographed last year by some amazing artists working in fiber and beads. The first is a bead work bird by Ingrid Bernhardt. Then a felt teapot by Shelley Jones. I will be uploading more of Shelley's work soon. The last is a woven sculptural wall piece by Susan Iverson. All these images had their own unique color and surface qualities that made photographing them a challenge.
These images of the Craddock Terry Hotel in Lynchburg, Va., were taken while on location to photograph the Virginia Community Capitol board and staff. The VCC provided funding to turn this old shoe factory into a wonderful boutique hotel. More about the VCC and VHDA board photographs later. Also as an aside, years ago I photographed the Craddock Terry Shoe Co. for Virginia Business magazine.
These images are from a production of The Laramie Project put on by The Collegiate School in Richmond, Virginia in the Spring 2014. I have included these images because it was amazing to photograph this play as always, but also because of the wonderful visual quality of the production. Jon Shelley and Zach Townsend, along with their students in theater production, created an amazing set, They used rear screen projections to great advantage. The images of the performers and the sets turned out so well. I should include a disclaimer, I teach photography there as an adjunct faculty member.
These are some images from last year's AHAW held back in early summer 2014. This week long event not only works to raise awareness about the need for safe affordable housing, but also provides volunteer opportunities for people to help out one of the many non-profit housing organizations in Richmond. For the last several years, I have been lucky enough to go around and document the participation of the many student, corporate and community leaders who involve themselves in AHAW. Part of the event is Walking in Their Shoes, where community leaders spend a day on the streets of Richmond navigating the challenges faced by the homeless in the area. A few of the images from the week are below.
I posted the publicity still ages ago. I thought I should upload some of the images from the performance. These images are from just a few scenes. The lighting was very dramatic, and challenging, but created some interesting shots. You may notice that the costumes changed between the earlier photo session and the performance.
Been ages since I posted some new photographs to this blog. I thought I would start with images from back in the Spring of 2014. I don't post weddings often, but I do photograph them for client's and friend's families, as well as former students. This one was fun and a wonderful couple. I have included a few shots done as warm tone black and white.