“A portrait is not a likeness. The moment an emotion is transformed into a photograph it is no longer a fact but an opinion. There is no such thing as inaccuracy in a photograph. All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth. ”
― Richard Avedon (1923-2004)
Kyle’s friendship with my daughter, Lindsey’s, family began when Kyle was a student in her husband, Aaron’s, high school graphics class. Shortly after graduation, Aaron and Lindsey learned that circumstances at Kyle’s home were unsettled and he needed a place to stay. They invited Kyle to crash in their basement.
Once Kyle got his feet on the ground and moved out, the Bodell’s anticipated that would be the end of the relationship. Instead, Kyle returned regularly for visits, and has never missed a holiday or special family event. Kyle was present for a recent family photo shoot.
Lindsey and Aaron have embraced Kyle as a son – and their five children refer to him as their big brother. Family can expand in a myriad of wonderful ways.
My daughter, Lindsey’s, husband and I have a common interest in the graphic arts. Having earned his degree at RIT, Aaron moved his family to his home state, Utah, and accepted a “temporary” high school teaching position. As it turns out, Aaron loves teaching – and his student’s love Aaron. Aaron adds much more than just graphics knowledge to the lives of his students. (see Kyle Carter post.)
With degrees in Art, Architecture and City Planning, Chris integrates his talents to design structures that far exceed function. Chris’s studio is in the same classic mid-century Phoenix complex where Amy and I now have our work/live space. His naturally playful intensity contributed to some delightfully expressive images.
“A photograph is a secret about a secret.
The more it tells you, the less you know.”
– Diane Arbus – 1923-1971
I was thrilled when Graphic Design Studio principal, Writer Kathy Morgan called on me to make her portrait for a speaking engagement promo. Kathy is playful in front of the camera and so a joy to photograph. Now, I just hope I’m persuasive enough to add “Model” to the long list of nouns (Neighbor, Client, Employer, Friend, Trusted Advisor) that describe our nearly three-decade association.
A wonderful Labor Day weekend was spent with my friend, artist Ted Nuttall, at his Santa Fe home/studio – enjoying great food, wine, books and music. But most pleasurable was our conversations. We touched on our customary topics, with a little more emphasis than usual on portraiture, or more specifically, on the joys and challenges of capturing moments of human expression.
Of course, we also took time to make a few portraits.