[LRflex] Re: Still Life. :-)

Dave Saalsaa asked:
Subject: [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.<<<<<<<<

Hi Dave,
Over the years I've gathered/written a great many stories & anecdotes, many 
just the idea jotted down as a reminder to write.

The working title has been kicked around for years. "Real Photographers 
Shoot B&W. sometimes colour."

It's a collection of stories and photographs from my career. I ran it by my 
publisher a few years ago and they turned it down. I feel it's going to be 
their loss sooner or later. However, I'm not going to roll over dead because 
they did. I just think it wasn't presented properly, but given they've had 
first refusal I can go to a new publisher. At the moment I'm trying to spend 
more time writing and remembering the events before I lose them.

Then I thought maybe the guys and gals might be a "good test crew" for some 
of them for re-action. It does seem to be working with the comments and 
encouragement to keep going so every once in a while I feed some to the list 
to see what happens. :-)
Thanks,.

ted.




>>> 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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