We haven’t seen Victor in almost two months, despite checking his usual roosts once or twice a week. Happily, today, Victor was on the corner of California and Birch, across the street from the Keeble & Shucat photo store, where I was headed on an errand.
I say happily, because I needed a photo assistant today. A thought has been at the back of my mind for some months now: given the geography and architecture of Menlo Park and Palo Alto, it happens at various times of day that a neutral-color stucco wall lies in shade, facing a big patch of open sky. Open sky provides that wonderful ‘north light’ that everyone from the Dutch masters to legendary modern photographers hold in such high regard.
One side of the building by Victor’s spot presented just the circumstance I’m interested in this morning, and I’d been to the K&S store to purchase an 18% gray card and some color and black-and-white test swatches that Kodak produces, both of which aid a photographer who is trying to make photographs with a particular technical quality.
After a coffee (me) and milk (Victor) break, Victor obligingly came along and held up my props as I snapped away, and then, even more obligingly, modeled for me. Thank you Victor! Open Sky Portraits is now officially launched…