Archive for March, 2010

Irving Penn and Dennis Manarchy are two of my favorite image makers. Please read below and click on the links that are provided:

Penn has had a tremendous influence on me as well as every photographer who ever picked up a camera! He was the master of both the still life image as well as the portrait study. He was a pioneer in fashion photography along with Richard Avedon and did some marvelous images for Vogue…


Commercial photographer Dennis Manarchy is embarking on a 50 state portrait and cultural tour. His work takes off where Avedon’s American West journey left off…click below to see the video…


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We recently did a cover shoot for Skymall’s summer in home catalog. The project involved shooting a round waterproof radio designed for use in the pool. The art director wanted to create a bright summer feel with the product floating on a little wave. My assistants rigged up a large aquarium with pumps and filled it with distilled water for optimum clarity. We added a small amount of blue food coloring and used a jug of water that we placed in the tank and moved up and down to create the waves that we wanted. The radio was suspended from a rod that was hot glued to the back of it and retouched out later. Light was pushed through the glass to put some form on the under side of the product. The soft reflection on the surface of the water was created with a large soft box placed behind the aquarium and finally a sky image I had in my archives was used as the background.

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I love personal assignments especially when I travel. On a recent trip to Los Angeles I decided to take my Canon G9 point and shoot with me so I could do grab shots. I decided that I would shoot from the hip without looking through the camera and walk around the crowded streets of downtown L.A. and let whatever happens, happen. The people making their way from here to there weren’t aware of me or what I was doing they probably thought, why is this guy covering his crotch with his camera! I waited until I got back to Phoenix to edit the shoot. I was surprised to see the bizarre arrangements of the people and their expressions. While doing the edit I thought that it would be fun to combine some of these images in a way that was as random as they were shot. Below is a sample of the outcome of my assignment.

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Item #1. It’s fun and easy. Now is the time to become a facebook fan of Rick Gayle Studio. I will be posting information about my own work, the work of others and special projects. There’s a link to my all time favorite photographer Irving Penn who has been my inspiration since I picked up my first camera. Check out the video about Chicago photographer Dennis Manarchy’s “American Portrait” project. All you have to do to become a fan is click on this link and this information and much more will be at your finger tips….http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/pages/Rick-Gayle-Studio-Commercial-Photographer/314717546369?ref=ts

Item #2. I’ve been asked to participate in an exciting project created by writer Joey Parks. The project involves 26 photographers and 26 writers. In short each photographer is paired up with a writer and each team is assigned one of 26 city blocks to document in anyway we see fit….but it must be rooted in its past, present or the plans for its future….. In Joey’s words: 26 Blocks is unique art project based on the concept of children’s A – Z building blocks. Words, sentences, and stories can all be built one block – one letter – at a time. Downtown Phoenix is like this. Each city block contains its own stories, sentences and words. They’re built by those who came before, who inhabit that block now and who will do something on that block in the future. Sometimes we need the perspective of another person to see the stories those blocks contain. 26 Blocks fuses the insights of 26 photographers, 26 writers and a sculptor/painter to reveal to us 26 Blocks of downtown Phoenix – in a way we may not have seen it before.

There will an exhibit at After Hours Gallery to be announced….

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I was asked to participate in a portrait project for Flashes of Hope. It’s a nonprofit organization that changes the way children with cancer and other life threatening illnesses see themselves through the gift of photography and raises money for pediatric cancer research.

The portraits help the children feel better about their changing appearances by celebrating it. We went to Phoenix Childrens Hospital and set up our equipment in a small waiting area. The beauty of the project was that the kids could bring any friend or family member they wanted into the shoot to be photographed. Each child received prints for their family and friends. It was amazing to see the positive attitudes the children had in the face of their potential future. It was a sobering and joyful experience.

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