Alongside our friend and author/designer Kelly McManus, Kurt will be signing the brand new Children's book "Welcome to the Small World A Book of Big Surprises" featuring his photography. The events will take place this Saturday, March 1st and Sunday, March 2nd at a few locations in the Twin Cities. Feel free to stop by if you are in the area!
We'll be flying back to Minnesota to attend the launch party as well as a few signings for the Children's book "Welcome to the Small World a Book of Big Surprises" that features Kurt's photography. It's an open invitation, if you wish to attend, please fill out an RSVP by clicking here. Hope to see you soon!
We spent a few days on the Sanibel causeway and took many bike trips to the island to explore. Kurt got his best work towards the end of our stay, which tends to happen this way. We had sunny days most of the week, except for the last couple days which were foggy.
Kurt took care in preparing the props and the scenarios ahead of the photo shoots. While in the field, there were many challenges: keeping both the camera and the lens dry, not loosing a miniature to the surf (alas we did lose our sea captain in Tarpon Bay), finding the right shells to include in the scene (interesting in shape and color), finding the right texture and color for the sand, evaluating the tide and anticipating the advance or retreat of the sea, keeping an eye on the light.
For me, it's a very rewarding moment when Kurt exclaims: " I think we got it!" I love to hear this because it means: "I accomplished what I had in mind, it'a wrap".
Kurt and I took a walk on the Royal Palm Hammock Trail in Collier Seminole State Park. We were looking for opportunities and angles to photograph the miniatures. Kurt found just the right tree to photograph the climber.
Kurt and I are looking forward to our next show in Estero, Florida (Feb 8-9). Come and join us, we're booth #115!
Kurt and I went to Marco Island to capture the beauty of its beaches with our miniatures.
We set out for South Beach on a Monday, mid-afternoon, it was warm and sunny. We were fortunate not to have to contend with a crowd. The sand looked almost white and right on the edge of the surf there was a multitude of shells and mollusks .
Kurt had to deal with the glare on his camera screen and the heat but we don't want to complain about the heat, it's below zero back home.
The shells and the mollusks added some visual interest to the photo shoot. Kurt had a bunch of scenarios going. The colors were in the pastels, milky-creamy, very soft looking.
Tigertail Beach photo shoot was late afternoon on a cloudy, windy, stormy looking day. Kurt decided very quickly to quit trying to photograph the little lady tanning herself and pulled out instead a woman and her umbrella struggling against the wind, how fitting!
That day we almost lost the woman with her umbrella to a wave. Fortunately this isn't Sunset Beach and the waves were gentle enough to release her back to us.
A few day ago I videotaped Kurt attempting to photograph a miniature in front of a wild alligator in Paynes Prairie Preserve State Park, Gainesville. Kurt took a sample shot of the gator to gage the distance and I have the impression that the gator thought that Kurt was a little too close!
If you have a chance, pull over to our booth at the Bonita Springs National Art Festivals (Bonita Springs, Florida): Saturday & Sunday, January 11 & 12 from 10 a.m to 5 p.m. Hope to see you there!
To those of you that have contributed to our Kickstarter campaign, THANK YOU. If you have considered it but thought you'd wait, just a quick reminder that you have less than a day to pledge! For as little as $25 you can have a signed copy and your name printed in the book as a backer. Pretty neat ;-)
Kurt & Edwige