Penland Portraits

In the summer of 2008 I attended Penland School of Crafts in for a photography workshop. One day after lunch Sam Comen and I decided to shoot portraits of artists. We lugged all of our equipment down (and then later back up) the hill in front of the photography studio. Artists lined up to stand in front of our cameras. Some posed with their art, their tools or another artist. People working in the kitchen even came out to see what was going on. We set up our cameras side by side. We only shot film, he used a 4x5 and I shot with my Hasselblad. This was one of the last times I used film. We framed the shot to include the backdrop and the mountains behind the background. It was very windy and we had to use really big rocks to try & keep the paper backdrop from blowing away. The Penland photographer was excited to see us. He said he never had pictures of photography classes because they were always hiding away in the dark. Images of our shoot were on the Penland website and catalog.

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