Al Gore in Black Velvet

Originally uploaded by jdickins_photo

Former Vice-President Al Gore spoke to the assembled University Presidential Inaugural Conference on Monday January 19th, 2009.

The picture to the right was originally part of a larger picture which included a brightly lit stage where Mr Gore was speaking. Once I noticed the interesting play of light on the screens which framed the stage, I cropped out the stage and got this.

Looking back on this image now, I can’t help but be reminded of some of my grandmother’s black-velvet work, especially her Revival series (I would link, but I don’t have any images from this series). Showing form through contours rather than excessive shading is necessary when working on black velvet. Grandma’s work on black velvet makes her figures look illuminated because she pays so much attention to how they are lighted–the highlights on their forms rather than the forms themselves.

Inspirational Quote:

Stanislaw Lec – “Youth is the gift of nature, but age is a work of art.”

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