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January 11, 2010

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National Addy again!

July 2, 2009

Crosby Stills received kudos in the National Addy competition for their work with the Bounce Agency for the Greenville Literacy Association. The TV spot, animated from still photos, was the brainchild of Bounce’s Stephen Brown and Stephen Childress, and won Gold Addy’s at the local and regional level before going on to receive the silver National Addy. The spot can be seen on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LXvdeU8QCik . The image quality isn’t the best, and I’ll update this post when I get a better source link for it.

Thanks to Stephen Brown, Stephen Childress, Laveda Miles and the Bounce Agency for inviting me in on this outstanding project! And congrats to both Stephens on the other four National Addys they won for Bounce. The Addy is the fourth national/international award for Crosby Stills.

Crosby Stills is Back!

March 11, 2009

As many of you know already, when George Reynolds, Kelly Brogdon and I decided to work together under a co-op agreement last year, we changed the name to Trilight Studio to better reflect our new arrangement.

Kelly and I have enjoyed our new studio in the Pendleton Street Arts District and plan to stay awhile. George has felt less at home there, and has decided to strike out on his own. We wish him the best of luck in his new venture.
Trilight is a place more than a business, so we’re keeping the name for the co-operative, and are currently seeking other artists to take George’s place in sharing the expenses.
Crosby Stills has a lot of brand equity, having been my business name for 15 years, and now that’s what it is again. It’s good to be back.
David Crosby, Crosby Stills
Kelly Brogdon, Photographer
Trilight Studio Co-operative

2009 Addy Awards

March 7, 2009

The Bounce Agency won three awards for the Greenville Literacy Association TV spot we shot for them, and I want to thank them for the credit at the awards ceremony. Stephen Brown and Stephen Childress of Bounce have done a great job with the concept and creative work on those spots the past two years, and I’ve enjoyed working on them. GLA has done a great job as well with their annual book sale, and we’re happy to help them advertise the project. Let’s do it again next year. Kudos to Bounce for also being the nights big winner at the Addys!

You can see their work, including last years award winning GLA spot on the portfolio section of their web site at thebounceagency.com

January 17, 2009

I’ve just finished reading a great book, “Annie Leibovitz at Work”, given to me by my wife Marilyn at Christmas.  It’s a great behind the scenes look at much of her famous work. 

One of the things it reminded me of is to be constantly taking pictures.  Leibovitz admits to a little bit of hiding behind the camera to avoid showing her emotions, as when she photographs her lovers body during the funeral, and her father’s dying moments.  But she also records many moments of joy and quiet happiness, as in the birth of her twin daughters.  I’m still not sure how she manages to photograph a birth while she’s going through it, but she credits everyone else who took a photo, so I have to assume she took the ones of her newborns at delivery!  
It also inspired me to get out one of her collections, “Annie Leibovitz, 1990 to 2005,  A Photographers Life”.  It’s one of those books I skimmed after receiving it as a gift, but took the trouble this time around to go through image by image and really appreciate the beauty of her work.  Leibovitz tends to make it look easy, and her “At Work” book tells of some of her struggles and the deep thoughts processes that go into much of her work.  I’ve been a fan since reading a book with a section about her in 1975, and was lucky enough to see an exhibit of her work in New York at the International Museum of Photography a few years ago.
Annie has always had a simple, straightforward approach to her work, and even her more complex pieces like the Vanity Fair Hollywood collages are more about the faces than the lighting.  It’s something to aspire to, and I hope to put more of that aesthetic into my future work.  Looking for inspiration in those who’ve gone before you is a great way to grow your mind and art.  I intend to keep trying.

The Joy of Teaching

December 13, 2008

I taught photography for several years, doing night classes at Furman University.  It was mostly beginners, a few intermediate classes, and always very rewarding.  Seeing the excitement of the students, young and old, as they began to understand how to capture on film the images they’d been seeing in their heads was always fun.  

After a few years of teaching however, my schedule got too busy at the studio to keep up with the teaching.  After one too many nights rushing in at the last minute to class, I decided to give it up.  Furman was great, even letting me have the class at my downtown studio the last year to make it more convenient for me, but it was just to much to keep up with.  
This week, I was reminded how much fun it was when a novice photographer showed up at our church for Wednesday night service and supper.  My friend Leo Elmerick, who also repaired my cameras for over 20 years at Hunter Photo, had joined me for dinner, and as we ate and talked with those at our table, my wife Marilyn introduced us to Chuck, a new arrival to Greenville who was visiting the church for the first time.  Turns out he had just bought a Canon 40D, and was looking for help.  Boy did he come to the right place!  I told him that between us, Leo and I had over 50 years of photography experience, and would be glad to help him.
He went out to his car to get his camera, and ended up spending over an hour with us getting pointers from Leo on the working of his camera, and from me on technique and composition.  Chuck has a new baby, and is living in a hotel while waiting for his wife and family to join him in their new home.  He wanted to be able to document his family’s new life with his camera, and had been frustrated trying to use a point and shoot with a serious shutter lag, so he bought the Canon SLR to have something more advanced to shoot with.  It’s also a lot more complicated, and he was a little overwhelmed by it.  Watching his excitement as we explained to him the cameras workings and demonstrated a few easy techniques for improving his photography brought back memories of the students I’d taught in the past.  Years after I’d quit teaching, I’d still run into former students who told me how much the experience had helped them.  It was fun to see again the thrill of a novice learning how to make the camera work for him.
Chuck thanked Leo and I profusely as he left that night, and we exchanged contact information.  He asked if I ever taught classes anymore, and I told him no. I haven’t for years.  I get asked that a lot, and after he left, it made me think.  Christmas is a time to give to others, and my experience is a gift I’ve always been glad to share.  
Maybe next year will be a time to teach again.

Getting started

December 8, 2008

Life as art.  Something I’ve always aspired to.  Life has been too busy to make much progress, but the underlying theme has always been there.  I started Snapshot Cafe’ & Art Bar two years ago, and art was it’s purpose and goal.  I tried to make it a place to gather, undistracted by TV’s and excessive noise.  A comfortable spot to talk, read a book, sip a glass of wine or an espresso.  Admire the photography on the walls.

By all accounts, it was successful in that goal.  The locals loved it, and we had about 10 unique photography shows, some of which challenged patrons with their point of view.
Alas, the cafe’ did everything but make a profit.  So now it’s gone, and I have time to pursue my own art again.  Where to go with it?  I just read “White Oleander”  a book about a girl caught up in the foster child system, who gets through the horrors of her daily existence through a preoccupation with the art in her life.  She sees art everywhere, in the trees, skies and surroundings.  In dead birds on the street and scars on her skin.  In museums and homeless people she meets on the street.
It’s inspirational to me.  I try to never fail to appreciate what’s around me, and what I have.  Now I have to find a direction that’s more than just making a living again.  Something to keep me surrounded and filled with the art that is everywhere.  I’ll let you know where it leads.