My friend Bob is a talented Artist and Musician. He is the owner of the Porcello Gallery in Marshfield (also where my studio happens to be). I knew him for over a year before we realized that we both played guitar and liked the blues. Of course, his claim of, “Yeah, I’m a hack and I haven’t played in years” seemed extremely less credible after we started playing together. He is not a hack and has a natural talent that you can only be born with. Yes… he’s that good. Then, he got behind a piano and blew me away with that.
I wanted to capture an image that caught the essence of who Bob is. Not just the Musician and Artist, but his layed back, reflective nature, and his sense of spirit (he is a very spiritual person). It was also important to me that I capture the character of Bob’s face. He is in his late 50’s and, like most people, has had his joys and struggles. I did this by feathering a small softbox from camera right, letting just enough of the spill hit his face and body, but keeping the other elements (except the painting in the foreground) less lit. I then added a kicker from camera left to add separation of Bob from the black background. This light is what also lit the painting in the background.