[LRflex] Re: Still Life. :-)

So, Ted, when do you write the book  "The Life and Times of Ted Grant" 
portrait of a working photographer. ?

I'd buy a copy.

Dave
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Ted Grant" <tedgrant@xxxxxxx>
To: <leicareflex@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 1:03 PM
Subject: [LRflex] Re: Still Life. :-)


> Dave Saalsaa said:
> Subject: [LRflex] Re: Still Life. :-)
>
>
>> Ted, you have stories that always amaze me.  This one, however, makes me
>> wonder a bit about the daughter.  ;-)<<<<<
>
> Hi Dave,
> Well it kind of leaves us wondering about folks like that. But as I recall
> Bill said the daughter was in tears when she saw the photo as it was the
> only visual memento of her mother.
>
> The way Bill had cropped and re-touched it, unless one knew the old girl 
> was
> in a coffin with eyes closed, the photo just looked like an everyday good
> portrait.
>
> I might add Bill was a master at re-touching, if alive today he'd be
> brilliant at Photoshopping! ;-)
>
> ted
>>
>> Dave
>> ----- Original Message ----- 
>> From: "Ted Grant" <tedgrant@xxxxxxx>
>> To: <leicareflex@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
>> Sent: Thursday, July 20, 2006 12:26 PM
>> Subject: [LRflex] Still Life. :-)
>>
>>
>>> Ok it can't get much crazier than this! :-)
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Still life
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> "Could you take a picture of my mother?" inquired the female telephone
>>> caller.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Bill Lingard, my partner and fellow photographer replied, "Yes, when
>>> would
>>>
>>> you like to come to the studio, I'm sure we can fit you in during the
>>> next
>>>
>>> few days?"
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> "I'm sorry it will have to be tomorrow before noon, as the  service is 
>>> at
>>>
>>> two," was her reply. The service she referred to was her mother's 
>>> funeral
>>>
>>> service.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> She did not have any pictures of her mother and this was the last
>>>
>>> opportunity for a photograph before the coffin was closed.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> So there we were the next morning, Bill, studio lights, ladder, the lady
>>> in
>>>
>>> the coffin and me. The scene was right out of a weird horror movie.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Bill who is a master portrait photographer, tried to light the old lady
>>>
>>> with Rembrandt lighting, but the sides of the coffin created a shadow
>>> over
>>>
>>> her face. So he found a pillow and stuffed it behind her head to lift it
>>>
>>> above the edge of the coffin and the lights made her look alive. Sort 
>>> of!
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> Bill was up the ladder making his first exposure when the daughter
>>> arrived,
>>>
>>> looking at her mother she commented on how lifelike she looked, but
>>>
>>> wondered if Bill could open her eyes?
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> For a moment I thought he was going to fall off the ladder, but
>>> maintaining
>>>
>>> his Lancashire composure, he explained he would just as soon do the eye
>>>
>>> opening by retouching the negatives.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> I had to leave on assignment before he completed the retouching and when
>>> I
>>>
>>> returned I asked how she looked.
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>> "Not bad, a bit starry-eyed, but the daughter thought she looked alive."
>>>
>>> What more could he say"? "There isn't anything like shooting still 
>>> life,"
>>>
>>> he replied with a smile.
>>>
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