I can't be more pleased with how Pioneer Portrait Studio came to fruition. I'm thrilled with it. Friends, if your portrait was made you can go pick it up starting tomorrow at your earliest convenience. The International Gallery of Contemporary Art (IGCA) is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 4:00 pm.
Alaskans, if you can make it to the IGCA this month, I encourage you to take photos in front of any, or all, of the backdrops hanging in Pioneer Portrait Studio. Please use the studio for making photographs.
Three backdrops were printed and I chose the one above as the primary portrait background because of the slight slope at the bottom. The choice was based on the more organic shape vs. the severe horizontal "ground meets mountain" going on in the other two.
I was happy with all three images printed, but I really wanted to use the image above as the primary backdrop because of the recognizable peaks in the background. Once I made some initial test shots, I felt that it didn't leave any room for movement in the sitter. And while I looked for there to be a slightly awkward relationship between the sitter and the landscape, that particular image was too stilted for the portraiture.
Of the people who came to get their portrait made, some people were interested in the idea of the impossibility of image as representation of place and the construction and presentation of these images as "real." Some were there to get a portrait made, some came in because they had come to the gallery and wandered in, some people were people who I met and asked to come get a portrait made, some had to come because they were in a high school class that came on a field trip. All in all it can be best described as "great."
The give away prints that I made are dark and cool. I hung the test prints on the walls as well, different white balances, different "exposures." The prints reflect the time of year here and the very long, and very cyan, daybreak and twilight hours. Which, of course, can't be described.
Digression: I adore alliteration and don't care if it's as unsophisticated as exclamation points.