My artist friend, Ralph agreed to let me exercise my interior design photography muscles at his home a week ago. He has an intriguingly eclectic style which is pretty mind-blowing. There are little details everywhere. As you will see he has an amazing eye. A brilliant mind as well. It’s hard to keep up with him. Ralph’s website is filled with jubilant watercolors and will certainly take you on a trip. This is a man whose mind is always in high gear.
Ralph and I first met about 44 years ago when we put a band together. Thursday night recording sessions went on for a few years after that. Ralph is the real deal as an artist, musician, teacher, businessman, philosopher and to me, a mentor. When hanging with Ralph, deep philosophical discussions are to be expected.
In my mind, this shoot had to be with a macro lens only so I loaded my camera with my 100mm macro and headed to his home. It was nice to restrict my photography to just the one moderately telephoto lens. All of the light was available, no supplemental light was used. Handheld camera at high ISO. That’s how I like to roll on shoots like these. With a steady hand and image stabilization you can get clean, sharp images. This is not typical architectural, interior design photography as I would normally shoot quite a bit wider, showing the surroundings but I really wanted to isolate the subjects as they all have so much personality.
The bottom line about this shoot is that it’s not yet the bottom line. This was only the main living area on the first story. I will head back that way again soon and capture his teaching studio as well the more private parts of the house. And then there are the gardens. The exterior of the house is beautiful!