Yousuf Karsh was the greatest photographic portrait artist of all time. Well
known for his lighting as well as his talent and ability to capture the
decisive moment when the subject’s true personality is exposed. Yet, those that
understand and appreciate the subtle nuisances separating a great portrait from
a good one, will confirm my opinion that his mastery of the black and white
process placed him on a pedestal far above other portrait photographers.
the age of digital image making another artist has risen to this level. Tim
Walden of Lexington Kentucky, past president of the Professional Photographers
of America, is respected and well known for his craftsmanship and mastery of
image processing using the technology of the 21st century. Walden’s is known throughout the United
States of America and beyond for what has become their trademark “relationship
props and simplifying the creative process results in images that focus on the subjects
and their emotions.
I never had
the occasion to study under the amazing Karsh, but this past week I did have
the chance to be mentored by Tim Walden and his wife Beverly. This was an opportunity I was not going to
six other photographers from New York, Texas, and Ottawa to spend two days in
the Walden’s Studio in Lexington Kentucky. Walden’s style is based on the
philosophy of timeless beauty and the depth of emotion that can be enhanced
through the magic of black and white imagery.
While in Tim’s camera room, he shared with us his technical style of
posing and lighting. A great image begins with a great capture, but needs to be
finished with equally masterful techniques to bring out the subtle detail within.
Tim shared his talent and technique with us, bringing his images alive.
Just as a professional ball player has coaches, a professional artist has mentors, and I am thankful that I had the opportunity to be mentored by Tim Walden. I share with Tim, a passion for creating great artistry and look forward to sharing what I have learned with you as I raise the level of my photography to a new plateau and master the techniques of fine art black and white portraiture.