Rock Star Photographer of the Stars
I am thrilled to introduce to you one of my favorite humans I've met on this planet. She's beautiful inside and out and shares her amazing artistic eye through her photos Beverly Modloff. Bev is someone I met while working at Wolf Camera in Skokie, IL for a short time. Although I only worked with her less than a year we really bonded over art, photography, and life. Bev is a self-taught photographer who sees beauty within nature capturing colorful images of wild animals and her various outdoor adventures.
Bev studied art in college before she was drawn to photography. She is a self-taught photographer who learned to develop her own film. Her father-in-law a former Chicago police officer built a darkroom for her in the basement of her home.
Bev's career as a photographer began when she was hired by the Skokie News in 1973 a suburb just North of Chicago. She also did work for the Chicago Leader Post another Northside Chicago newspaper. She worked at the Skokie News until 1979 when the paper went out of business and she continued to do freelance work after that time.
Taken from a Florida publication one of Bev's most embarrassing experiences happened while she was working a the Skokie News. She was on assignment to photograph President Gerald Ford and at the time it was mostly men working in the industry. She was pushed to the back during the event and wasn't able to get a good photo. The Secret Service announced that the photo session was over. Bev yelled out, "Wait, I didn't get to shoot him!" She immediately was being escorted out by the security when Ford stopped them and said, "Come over here, honey, you can get all the shots you want."
At the time she was taking photos she also photographed Ford's son Jack. On Ford's next visit to Chicago, she presented the photographs to the President and received a "Thank You" note from the White House. At future meetings Ford continued to recognize her, and call out to her , "Hi, Bev."
Bev has photographed Presidents Carter, Reagan, and George H.W. Bush as well as Mayer Richard Daly of Chicago. She also photographed Prince Charles when he was attending a reception in Chicago. On her list of celebrities is Marie and Donnie Osmond, Kris Kristofferson and his wife, Steve Allen, Don Rickles, Bob Newhart, Lanie Kazan, Dickie Smothers, and Kenny Rogers.
For those Chicago Fans reading this she's also photographed the Chicago Bulls coach Phil Jackson, Bears coach Mike Ditka, along with players Jim McMahon, and Glae Sayer. Cubs player Ernie Banks, and a Chicago Blackhawks player Stan Mikita.
In 1978 Bev went on assignment in Cuba to do research for a book on Ernest Hemingway. The book was a collaboration with Professor John Friend of the University of Illinois. Unfortunately Fried died prior to the book being written. Although the assignment was not completed this experience was one her greatest adventures of her career.
Bev traveled with her four children to many National parks including Colorado where she climbed as high as 14,000 feet above sea level. She was in danger at least two times once she was charged by an elk and on another, a she was face-to face with a grizzly bear.
Bev is inspired by her love of traveling and people. In general peoples lifestyles, nature, our National parks, and animals. Life is inspiring to Bev which is why she's such a joy to be around and hopefully can inspire you to live out your dream. She's definitely inspired me with her personality, outlook on life, and beautiful art that she creates.
Bev continues to enjoy photography and produce coffee table books with her six grandchildren, birds and wildlife in Florida where she resides. She also paints currently with watercolors which hang in her home. She's always continuing to explore new techniques with artists in Avon Park and Lake Placid in Florida. She has won numerous photography awards and her work on Cuba was displayed at the Skokie Library in Illinois.
Every artist that I introduce I would like to inspire just one person.
A Moonwalking Artist
I'm super excited to introduce to you Matt Read an Austin based artist, musician, writer, illustrator, and teacher. Matt just graduated from Texas State University with a B.F.A. in Art. I met Matt at Austin Camera where he worked while he was going through school. The crew at Austin Camera are mostly previous employees of Wolf Camera in Austin that worked together. They reunited at Austin Camera bringing that old school camera store feel back into Austin.
Matt is a man of many talents and it will be difficult to cover them all in this post but I'll try to give you taste and feel of his work. Matt is always inspired and looking for new projects to start. For him art is just a part of life, he feels that his ideas would be put to waste if he wasn't creating. During Matt's childhood his mom was an art teacher and Matt always had access to art supplies.
He loves the comic book classics including X-Man, Batman, Spiderman and Black Hole. Matt is currently working on three projects including his own self-published book called "Republican Jelly." Matt is influenced by Frank Frazetta, Charles Burns and Jack Kirby. Check out the image below for a flavor of what you would experience in his book.
from Republican Jelly
Brittany is a natural born artist located in Seattle. She graduated in 2011 with a BFA in Commercial Photography from the Art Institute of Seattle. Brittany not only had a scholarship she also graduated with honors. As a kid she used to take photos with disposable cameras. She still has boxes of random photos of friends, places she went to, and pets. In high school is where an art teacher saw her natural talent and "eye". This is where her teacher reworked her art assessments in class to allow Brittany to be able to compete with a camera rather than watercolors or pencils medium.
“Reality is that which, once you stop believing in it, doesn't go away.” Philip K. Dick
My work spans the gamut of subjects. Anything that might catch my eye or inspire me can turn into a project. Currently I am working on portraits taken at thanksgiving of my cousins and myself. While visiting family for the holiday, I noticed the photos on my grandfather’s wall had not been changed since my grandmother passed in 2008. Being the photography in the family, I feel it is my duty to take over for my grandmother. To update the images and add those great grand babies my cousins have been having to the wall of grandkids. At the same time, I am working on editing a recreation photo. They seem to be a big trend at the moment. On my laptop the background is a photo of myself and my grandpa when I was 3 years old. You only seen the back of my head but looking at the photo and my grandfather being a creature of habit, besides normal changes in my growing up and he growing older, most of background is the same. He still lives in the same house the photo was taken, with the same kitchen table and chair set, the same dishes and he still wears plaid and reads the paper in the same spot every morning. Part of me is really excited to be able to recreate the photo at this time. I am 26 and my grandfather turned 80 this year, so how much time we have left we will never know.
Sometimes it is how light or shadows are falling on an object, sometimes it is the object, color or texture itself. My candle light portraits and technique developed one night while a friend was visiting and the power went out. Drawing inspiration from the lighting as well as Rembrandt's portraits, I saw candle light to be very forgiving having almost a painterly quality. I have seen images that were drawn so well they look like a photograph, but I had not seen photographs that were lit to look like paintings, so I set out on the challenge myself.
Who is your biggest inspiration?
I really love the art of the old renaissance painters such as Rembrandt (my favorite). In many ways, I look at other photographer's work to see what they are doing, so I can do something different or something that is not being done. At the start of my college career, I saw many of my friends with makeup, though hardly ever without. Not being a fan of make up myself, I wanted to show other’s natural beauty in comparison to what their painted face would be. I called it the Naked series, as most of the gals I worked with felt naked without their makeup on. It was not more than three months after I finished the project, all the stars and make up companies started doing the “natural” look and posting images without makeup, or very little makeup at all. When this happened I discontinued the series, as I do not want to do what other people are doing if I can avoid it. Other inspirations are just everyday objects, most of the time in nature, but sometimes it is inanimate objects that in my mind, come to life. Like Danny, my teddy bear, who was the subject of MANY of my school projects.
What are your goals as a photographer?
As far as goals, I would like to show my candle light work in a few galleries next year in the Seattle area. A few exciting projects I have worked on were my candle light photography series, in which I build a keylight system to light my subjects with candles, and my work with a few local hotels in Seattle for food photography. The cedar wood fire salmon was featured in Alaska Airlines Magazine.
Advice, when and if you get a digital DLSR camera, read your manual and if you take one workshop or class do not expect everything to click right away, it can take months. Never give up on your passion.
“Photography is like golf, you never master it, but you can always get better.” - Anonymous
Check out more of Brittany's photos at brittanybaileyphotography.com
Each artist that I introduce I would like to inspire just one person.
Jessica Oleksy is passionate about photography and creative people. Through this blog she will introduce you to the people that inspire her.
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