Yesterday’s snowfall, and a gathering at 305 Knowlton, resulted in this great shot from photographer Michelle A. Beaulieu, who posted it online.
Naturally, I had to snag it. It brought me to her portfolio, which I have to admit I hadn’t really gone through before. I used to have my pick of photographers and took pleasure in paging through portfolios (they weren’t all digital back then).
Black-and-white photography can go flat, awash in gray. But see this photographer’s black-and-white collection and notice how sculpted the images are. Fabulous. The pixels have to run the full range of 0 to 100 percent black. It’s an art.
As an art director, I’m still blessed with great photographers — look at the slide shows online today, including our pix of the snow storm — so I can’t complain. But I did enjoy playing Santa Claus, back in the day, paying photographers, assistants, prop houses, stylists, etc., back when I worked for magazines.
So I still like to look at portfolios, but now it’s with a tinge of sadness that I can’t contribute to their efforts.
But back to this gathering at 305. It was the first First Friday gathering, an informal invitation in the building’s lobby, to foster a sense of community at the complex. I thought the snow might inhibit the artists, but instead the storm was the catalyst for some creativity.
I’m happy it drew my attention to Ms. Beaulieu. On her website, she cites Edward Hopper, the French Impressionists, Diane Arbus, and Robert Frank as her influences. She is available for special projects and fund-raisers, and has a very straight-forward pricing policy.