Today\’s shot is Dale Morton, of Dale Morton Studios, with one of his custom mascot heads. The internet has changed how all of us conduct business and this studio is a prime example. Although located in West Virginia, they do business all over the country. I found the process of making a mascot head to be fascinating. My wife is a potter and her love is hand building, which has from time to time jumped into forms of sculpturing. So I have an appreciation of the time and effort that a good sculpture requires. If I understand it correctly, every mask or mascot head starts life as a clay sculpture that is designed and crafted by the hands of Dale to meet the needs (or wants) of his customers. The process was fascinating and reminded me of something you would see at Disney. Being somewhat sick with the common cold, I doubt I\’ll photograph anything new this week and so will run photos from Dale\’s studio for most of the week. Of course, that\’s could change as you know.
This evening, I reread some chapters of the book "On Being a Photographer" by Bill Jay and David Hurn (link to Amazon here). It is much like a series of emails or chat sessions that were strung together where the authors would talk to one another and then to the audience. As stated by the one Amazon reviewer for the Kindle version, there is little discussion on gear and practically no technical advice here, it is primarily a back and forth discussion on why we take pictures, a concept lost to many of the modern day photographers. I\’ve gotten much more out of the book once I discovered that it is the type of volume that you should just pick up and randomly open from time to time, rather than read from front to back. It\’s cheap enough (about $6.00) and so I picked it up knowing it is considered one of the classic must-read books on the art of photography. I\’ve owned it for a good while but haven\’t actually agreed with the "classic" assumption just yet, but it definitely is worth the price of a McDonald\’s lunch. We will talk more later about it.
"You see, but you do not observe."
Sherlock Holmes to Dr. Watson
(Arthur Conan Doyle)