Yesterday, our artist-in-residence Ben Larrabee conducted his second talk in the Library’s new artistspace. Here, he demonstrates how the same image looks different when printed on standard photo paper (on right) and on rice paper (on left). The rice paper, as he put it, lends the image a new vitality and sense of movement.
If you don’t have rice paper, though, and are more of an iPhone photographer. Ben had a few pieces of advice that will work for you.
- Most importantly. he talked about how stressed out he gets when people only take one photo, when he’s not the one behind the camera. Always take several. Not two! Several. He’s a big believer in capturing a flow of photographs and then going back to look at them.(I violated this rule with my top photo because I hadn’t heard it yet. Never again!)
- And also, no flash. Use what light you have to create a great photo, letting the conditions shape the picture, rather than setting the conditions to suit the picture.
- Lastly, don’t try to coax reluctant children into getting their picture taken. Just go on about your business without them. They’ll get interested at some point, and then they’ll be more comfortable (and look a lot happier in the picture).
Ben will be back for two more discussions in March, so feel free to send us your photography questions—big or small, technical or theoretical—and we will report back with answers.