I guess I've been living in a vacuum, because I had no idea there were actually rules for images you share for Throwback Thursday. Mashable actually has a post for throwback etiquette. Well, none of us have time to follow etiquette when it comes to old photos. So, I'm just running with this one.
Digging through my archives I found this image my buddy Jim Morton sent me a while back. We were both at Hasselblad for many years. Here's the scenario:
First, that's Tony Corbell, Big Daddy himself (Don Blair), me, (Who told me that sweater looked good?) and our good pal, Terry Deglau, who used to be with Kodak. Sorry, no idea who the models were.
Second, this was taken at a shoot at the MGM, back in the days when they had the giant lion out front on the corner of the hotel. Don did a program that year at WPPI, probably around '91 called "Don Blair and Friends", then sponsored by Hasselblad, Kodak and Art Leather.
As part of the program, Don did a live shoot outside with the models and then the following day each member of the workshop got an 8x10 from the shoot during a more standard presentation. Don, along with Terry and Tony talked about the key ingredients along with lighting and posing, two of Don's favorite topics. Remember, this was in the film days, so it was pretty impressive for people to get an 8x10 image within 24 hours.
Just as Don handed out the 8x10's to approximately 200 people or so, I came down the aisle yelling about making a big print, at least "5x7". Everybody looked at me as if I was nuts, but behind me we rolled in a 5x7 folio that Art Leather had built...5 feet x 7 feet. It must have weighed five hundred pounds, but was covered in leather and looked exactly like a 5x7 folio on steroids. Even more impressive was how good the Hasselblad image from the shoot held up - no grain no pain.
For a lot of years the four of us, Tony, Don, Terry and I were like the Four Musketeers involved in one adventure after another.
Here's a point so many of you take for granted. Images like this truly capture amazing memories and transport everybody involved to another time and place. Don't underestimate your power as an artist to create incredible images that years from now will be a personal time machine for your clients. Every client deserves your very best work!
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