Friday, May 31, 2013
Persistence and Patience are often the two lacking ingredients needed to capture the illusive image. Wild life photographers know this better than any of us, but it rings true with most photography even fashion, photojournalism and travel. Sometimes I feel God teases me, waits to see just how badly I really want that 'special image’.
It had been cloudy the entire day I really had no hope at this point of any changes. Then I thought to myself, ‘There is still sun behind the clouds. It had not set. Maybe somehow I can find it through the mountains ahead. Ever astonished at the sheer drops with no guardrails, I drove on around the bends and found another location. There, beyond the mountain range I saw a hole begin to break in the clouds just below the sun. My hope was renewed. I would have never seen it from the other location. I pulled my gear out and hiked as far as I could to where the ground ended and air began. There I found another hiker standing on the edge of the ibis, waiting for the sunset.
Monday, December 19, 2011
Last week I donated a limited edition photograph, 'Paul McCartney 1' from my upcoming exhibit, to Ted Turner and his 'Captain Planet Foundation'. I was excited to see the photograph sold for $10,000.
Sunday, March 28, 2010
It’s amazing how time takes wings. Well I’m back from the realm. No crossed fingers, toes or eyes, I’m committed with a vengeance to post more often.
Much has happened since the Ecuador shoot. Some of it I can even tell you about…
I’m still invited to teach at photography workshops around the country. I enjoy it and always seem to learn as much from the students as I teach. I always grow and I do love growth.
Last year I began two photo groups in Atlanta http://www.meetup.com/Larry-Marchant-Photography-and-Model-Teams/. One is a photography and model group geared toward learning and networking . Sometimes we get together for teaching, critiquing and sometimes the group shoots in studio or on location as I make suggestions or instruct.
The second group I formed as a Mentoring Group. One on one, I coach beginning or pro photographers to help them develop the artistic aspect of their work. I have some talented students that really want to learn and I especially enjoy working with this group.
For the first time in years I’ll be producing a full workshop series of my own: the first being on Fashion and Beauty Lighting for magazines. For details follow the links on my website at: http://www.marchantproductions.com. I’ve also been invited to return to Ecuador this summer to teach there (back to the Espanola lessons).
Life for all of us has its ups and downs. This economy is hitting many of us hard but my direction is that if we just weather the storm, do the best we can we’ll end up on the other side, on a nicer beach than before.
Thought for the day: Attitude! It’s one of the determining factors that makes or breaks our lives. Having a wrong attitude toward others and life is a shovel. It will only dig you down deeper leading to less favor and less comfort from others.
The right attitude no matter what the circumstances is a rope. It lifts you, gives you a helping hand and reduces the stress even in the storm. It is a sword that cuts through the night.
There are new stars in the sky and I’ll tell you about them soon.
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Wednesday, July 1, 2009
After finishing the shoot at the Casa Ceibo Resort I was invited to stay on a few extra days to just relax and lay back (with no work). I wanted to (needed to) but had to get back to the states. Maria Susana had also invited me to attend a fashion show she was having in Quito, so I flew back up into the Andes Mountains.
I got checked into the hotel and found the venue for the show. The crowd was larger than I’d expected; around eight hundred to a thousand I estimated. I soon located a cute girl walking around with a clipboard (the sure sign of a coordinator or handler). I introduced myself and she took me back stage where a production assistant and a magazine writer were waiting for me. The models were getting prepped for the show so Maria’s assistant escorted me through the crowd to the edge of the stage and seated me.
I looked around. TV cameras and photographer were everywhere. I found out later that twenty-five of the media outlets over Ecuador had come. The music began and out of the ceiling a platform lowered the first models to the runway. The show was great. I’m still amazed at how beautiful the people of Ecuador are and the models are world class.
(Sorry for not taking photos of the show.) I know I should have brought my camera but I was off duty and just came to enjoy the show and spend some time with my new friends. I’ve found that if I carry a camera with me all the time, I end capturing too much of life on film/disk and not living it, experiencing it. Now days I choose which moments are more important to live.
At the end of the show Maria walked the runway to the applause of the crowd. She took the mike and spoke for a while and then stayed on stage while the media photographed and filmed her. That’s when I got a tap on the shoulder. The clipboard girl was standing beside me. In a cute Spanish accent she said. “Come whit me. Maria Susana wants you to join her.” I didn’t know what she meant but followed her to the entrance to the stage.
The next thing I knew Maria walked to the edge of the stage took my hand and brought me on stage with her. She introduced me to the crowd and we stood there while the cameras clicked. After a few minutes we began to exit but the photographers called us back for more photos. It’s always interesting for me when I'm on the other end of the lens.
When we did exit the stage it must have taken us twenty minutes to get through the autograph signing and well wishing crowd to where the media would be waiting to interview her. In Ecuador she is a true national celebrity. I would equate her to a cross between a rock star and a popular actress here in the states. Everyone on the street knows who she is. After the interviews Maria Susanna, Isabella (one of the models), Maria’s mom (not bad herself), Maria’s primary assistant and I all went to dinner.
It had been a full ten days to say the least. I flew back to the states the next day and took it easy for a day or two before I began the weeklong task of post-production. Digital makes post so much easier. If it had been film I would have been over a light table the next two weeks.
Like I’ve said, travel is one of the best avenues to education one can experience. Each trip to a new country or place opens my eyes and expands me. I simply love it and especially if the people as genuine as are my new friends in South America. They invited me to return in November for the bi-annual unveiling of Maria’s new collection. She said that show will have well over 2,000 people.
I hope I can make it. This time I plan to enjoy a bit more time away from the work scenario.