to say that this past weekend was incredible and inspiring would be an understatement -- i had the awesome opportunity to spend the weekend with jock sturges in palm neach, where he was there teaching at FOTOfusion. we arrived saturday afternoon. my kids were modeling for his ‘the meaningful portrait’ demonstration shoot. it was wonderful to hear his thoughts on shooting people and so great to see him in action. one thing that i really grasped onto is jock’s deep respect for the people he shoots. he also stressed the importance of getting to know your subjects – something that i’ve always believed as an essential part of making a great photograph.
my kids and i also had the opportunity to visit the ‘full of grace’ exhibit at the palm beach photographic center, with jock. the exhibition was so well put together and it was incredible to hear jock’s knowledge and thoughts on much of the displayed photographs. he also took the time to teach and inspire my kids, who are now asking to visit museums here in tampa. if you happen to live in florida and can make the trip to palm beach, i so highly recommend the ‘full of grace’ exhibition. i guarantee you will not be disappointed.
on sunday, jock and i spent hours talking about painters and their influences, not only on one another, but also on various photographers. we began with cave paintings and journeyed through time – discussing artists such as sandro botitcelli, hieronymus bosch, jan vermeer, eugene delacroix, van gogh, picasso, piet mondrian and mark rothko. it was fascinating and something i plan to engross myself in, in the coming months.
we [my kids and i] then watched a slideshow of jock’s work, from the time he was a child through last summer’s work, sharing his thoughts and stories along the way. it was impressive that jock knew every person’s name and many of them, he’s photographed for generations.
throughout the weekend, we laughed and shared. he took the time to teach my kids – not only about photography and art, but also a few magic tricks, which of course, they thought was the best thing ever. we left palm beach sunday evening and the first thing my kids said was, we really like him; when are we going to see him again.
jock sturges is one of the most kind, caring, giving people i have ever met. he selflessly shared so much time, knowledge and information, asking for absolutely nothing in return. to think he’s a master photographer pretty much blows my mind. he inspired me and encouraged me. i'm not sure how i got so lucky, but i am beyond grateful. he shared with me that he sees something special in my work and well, i’m not taking that lightly. he had some recommendations for me, which i am going to see through. one thing for sure, i’m going to make his time and energy spent worth it – i will not disappoint!
jock -- i can’t thank you enough for your friendship and the gift you have given me. i feel more than blessed and i will make you proud. my children and i thank you for a most-magical weekend -- a weekend we will never forget.
and a few photos from the weekend...