This image was from a portrait headshots session with an Allegheny Student about to move to New York to start looking for acting work. I was toning this image when I just decided to mess around with a negative image overlay of the same image, and some solarization techniques in photoshop. I stopped at this point. It became part of our banner because it is a different approach to portraiture – something we hope to offer. Moments and exploring different ways of making a portrait that says something more than this is a picture of my face and this is what I look like. We want to capture who you are beyond the surface.
My first semester teaching at Allegheny College I had an enthusiastic student named J9 (Janine Naomi Grant). Her interest was in fashion photography and she worked and worked and worked. I worked with her on many things including improving her lighting and pushing the conventions of what is fashion. She had this idea to use extension chords with her model. I was sick but hung out with them as they worked and offered up thoughts. I shot a few photos too--stealing the set up. One of those images I manipulated with words as thats what I was doing at the time with my work outside of journalism. Manipulated photograph by Richard Sayer
Christian, age 5, enjoys a piece of his birthday cake on August 8, 2009 during his birthday party. It was a special moment for me to photograph Christian blowing out his 5 birthday candles... This is an on-going photographic journey following Christian's life. To see more click on Photography through life on the menu. Photograph by Harmony Motter.
Tomorrow Miss Crawford County Brittani DeVore ends her reign, here are some of the pictures of her taken by Richard Sayer while on assignment with The Meadville Tribune this past year as well as Brittani telling about her platform and being Miss Crawford County. The pageant is Saturday night at 7 p.m.
A couple from the Cochranton Fair parade from Wednesday. I was sent for a specific photograph that I got, but also shot a few features as well. I used a slow shutterspeed above to get the blur of the cars and the reaction of the girl in the foreground. Below is commisioner C. Sherman Allen chasing me down as he does all the time.
One of the dreaded assignments we get in the newspaper business is this--there is a new piece of equipment, get a photo of it. I got such an assignment Wednesday and went into thinking all I'd get is a picture of the new playground equipment at the Lincoln Avenue softball field complex. Boring! Easy, but boring. When I got there I saw people playing on it and was extremely excited. I get to show the equipment, but more importantly why the equipment is important to the community. For the play and enjoyment of kids and their families. I shot many frames trying to show as much of the equipment as possible and the kids playing. This frame wasn't one used in the paper, because it didn't show as much of the equipment or the face of the girl. We used one where her face was concentrated and happy, but I did like this fame too and decided to share it here on this blog. Meadville Tribune photo by Richard Sayer
I was pretty much assured not to get a picture for the paper unless someone stuck their face or whole body on the inside of the waterfall at Conneaut Lake Park's water park, but I shot pictures in hopes to get something painterly and maybe someone would venture in. I never did get one for the paper, but got a couple of neat images out of it. Meadville Tribune photo by Richard Sayer