I haven't posted for a little bit because I was figuring out how to get the RSS feed to work. I was afraid I would have to change blogs in order to make that happen. Yet again old dogs can be taught new tricks. I finally figured out the correct paths to have everything go where it is supposed to go when I update the blog. But, I digress. This post is actually about a great testimonial that was sent the other day from our local arts center that I did some work for last year. We created a calendar based on the movie Calendar Girls. It was used to raise money for the center. High profile people from the community went sans clothing while private areas were being hidden by various methods. It was called "Expose Yourself to the Arts" and it received lots of press, made a few dollars and really got the Art Center to be the topic of LOTS of conversation. I learned some very interesting things during the various shoots. I've always thought that one of the most important skills a photographer needs is the ability to make people comfortable in front of the camera. In this case it was paramount to making the people look good. By the end of most of the shoots everyone was saying how much fun the session turned out to be. I consider that high praise indeed. I normally hear that from my clients.... but mostly they are not as vulnerable and have their clothes on.
Here's what the Executive Director had to say along with the cover of the calendar and a couple images from inside.... “Many photographers master the technology of photography but few transcend technology and create art. Bob Coates is one of the rare photographers able to elevate the 'ordinary' into the extraordinary and in that process has become an artist. To see his finished product is to see something from a fresh perspective, to see the magic that an artist can create with a camera. His ability to translate a subject into an artistic print takes a combination of technology, artistry and experience -- Bob has all of those. I would recommend Bob Coates's photography without reservation.” -- Karen Ely, Executive Director, Sedona Arts Center Thanks for the kind words Karen!