Terry Clark Photography

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Having traveled far and wide to create storytelling pictures for his clients, Terry Clark Photography has the experience and knowledge to pull together any project, domestic or International. If compelling images are most important to you and your client, working with our team will ensure the success of your project.

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Beauty and the Beasts

A sight that we'll never see again. This is the big parade from the Barnum and Bailey Circus. When they rolled into town via train, they assembled the animals and walked them to the site of the performance. I created this image, Beauty and the Beasts while covering one such parade. 

When I saw this woman working with the elephants before the parade, I knew there would be a powerful photo. Her fair skin and silk costume were natural textural points with the elephants dark, textured hide. The size differential, she was small compared to the massive pachyderms, was a distinct bonus.

To put it all together, I backed off and selected a 300mm lens to compress the scene. I wanted all those elements on the same plane.

Compositionally I was aware of the line of the elephant's eyes leading the views eyes through the image. Instinctively I was also looking for the Fibonacci spiral or rule of thirds to strengthen the dynamic composition. When I felt all the elements come together, I pressed the shutter. I got one frame, and the woman disappeared between her charges. 

The scene developed in moments lasted for a split second and never came back together. That's photojournalism. You're either ready or your not. Your senses must always be on high alert whether you are covering the President of the United States, a city council meeting or a circus parade. As an early mentor always said, "To get there (hand held high) you have to start here (hand held low) and work your ass off every day on every job, no matter what you're shooting."

In the darkroom, I did a significant amount of work to massage the contrast in particular areas. Ilford Multigrade paper was a miracle. You could use a grade 5 filter in one area to increase contrast and a low grade 0 in another to balance a wide range of tones. It was not unusual for me to use three or four different filters on a print. A lot dodging and burning of small areas took place as well to bring the emphasis to the woman. As is often quoted from Ansel Adams, “The negative is the equivalent of the composer’s score, and the print the performance.” You see only to show.

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Homage to Ansel Adams

Early in my career, I was fortunate to work for someone who had printed for Adams. He taught me how to craft black and white as fine art. Weeks went by before I made a first print acceptable to the master. As time went on, I became better and better until one day, a year into my employment, he looked at a print I just made and said, “Today the student becomes the master.” He revealed he could not have made a print as fine as I had just presented. 

Fast forward a lot of years. In 1995 I needed a break. I had been working almost non-stop for the better part of two, maybe three years. I needed to breathe, refocus and compose myself. I needed a vacation. Of course, that meant I needed to go somewhere and take pictures. I needed to go to the Southwest and shoot landscapes in the most challenging way possible. So, I left my Leicas behind, packed a single Rolleiflex 2.8E, tripod, an assortment of filters and 80 rolls of Agfa 25. I was off to Phoenix to start a ten-day photo vacation in Arizona. Just me, my Rollei and the spirit of Ansel Adams.

One afternoon I researched where the moon would be at sunrise and scouted a location outside of Page. At dawn, it was just a matter of waiting for the moon to be in the correct position relative to the stone peaks. A red filter darkened the early morning sky to nearly black, setting the bright moon off like a beacon in the distance. Careful exposure maintained detail in both the lunar surface and red rocks in the mountain. The red filter also turned those red rocks almost white, therefore increasing the contrast of the scene, exactly as I had pre-visualized, just as Adams taught. 

I came away with few images from that trip. But my goals of reconnecting my spirit and vision were achieved, and that was far more important than making photographs. Sometimes you just need to be present and experience life without making pictures. Sit and look out at a vista, meditate. Make a photo in your mind’s eye and leave the camera, or phone, behind. 

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Refresh and Recharge

There are days when the well runs dry. Maybe it’s cold, rainy or just one of those blue days when nothing goes right. Don’t give up. Take a break. Go for a walk. Breathe deep and recharge. Keep your eyes open and look around you for the little things. 

Go back to the basics. It’s time for some visual shadow boxing. I don’t mean shadow literally, but it could be. Just look about you and open your mind, heart, and soul to the world. Laugh out loud, chuckle to yourself and smile. Find the joy within. Remember what it was like the first time you saw a picture, be it in the darkroom, or on the LCD screen. 

The weather in Pittsburgh has been lousy. It’s February. So don’t sweat it, just shoot. Find a theme, or not. Work on a narrative, or not. Just see. Shoot. Repeat. Spring is right around the corner. 

 

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Balance, Line and Form

In school, I hated higher math. Algebra was the tip of the spear.  I tried to make sense of it but failed miserably. Then, like a breath from Heaven came Geometry. And the Lord said, go forth and angle! My grade point average soared. 

Once I started doing photography, I figured out why geometry came so naturally. That’s also the last time I thought about it. It wasn’t something I had to work on; I could just see in my mind and make it so.

I captured one of my all-time favorite geometric photos in 2011 at Grove City College. I was doing a shoot to build the school’s image library. Wander the campus and look for interesting pictures. I came upon this scene before the students class change. I saw the graphics and the light coming from within the frame. It was interesting, but it needed a human element. I waited. My Leica M9 and 35mm Summicron were ready. 

As students began to rush up and down the stairs, in and out of the frame, I did what I always do in these situations – try to slow my mind to a Zen state to capture a precise composition. I got it. This one frame has everything I was trying to put in the image. Take out any of the figures or change the positions even slightly and the picture would fail. Shoot one shutter speed higher, and the photograph would not have the proper sense of motion. Less depth of field and the image would not read correctly throughout the frame. But this one frame has it all, up and down, side to side, all the angles covered. My high school geometry teacher would be proud.

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Light, Gesture & Color

One of my heroes in photography is Jay Maisel. If you don’t know his work, run, don’t walk, to your favorite bookseller and get his latest volume, “Light, Gesture & Color.” You’ll thank me later. 

Jay is a wonderfully stereotypical New Yorker. On the outside, he acts as rough and crusty as they come, but inside he’s a sweetheart. You can’t see with as much feeling and enlightenment as Jay does without having a beautiful spirit. And I doubt you could stay on top of the game as Jay did for his entire career without some pretty thick skin. In his presence, he inspires you to work harder, see more in-depth and get out there and go. 

I met Jay several years ago at a convention in Las Vegas. While other workshops were bulging, Jay’s had fewer than 25 people. That didn’t change how he taught. He described not only the pictures on the screen but his thought process. Oh, and often, the story behind the photos. Jay has great stories. When the workshop was over his final pep talk was as inspirational as I’ve ever heard. I can’t imagine Knute Rockne could have done better. I burst out of the room with renewed passion. I was on a mission to SEE. By the time I traveled from the MGM Grand back to my hotel, I had made at least 100 images, many of which I still use. I photographed color; I photographed light, and I photographed gesture. Everything Jay said to do I did. He got me moving like a double shot of espresso followed by a shot of adrenalin to the heart. It hasn’t worn off yet. That’s the Jay effect. 

Here are a few quotes that I’ve found useful, and a few photos I’ve made, inspired by the master.  

“Color is seductive. It changes as it interacts with other colors, it changes because of the light falling upon it, and it changes as it becomes larger in size.” – Jay Maisel
“The pictures are everywhere. If you’re open, they will find you.” – Jay Maisel
“You need minimum color for maximum effect.” – Jay Maisel

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Horse Sense

This morning I was looking for an inspirational quote for the week ahead. I stumbled upon this on my buddy Skip Cohen’s website.

“Somebody should tell us, right at the start of our lives, that we are dying. Then we might live life to the limit, every minute of every day. Do it! I say. Whatever you want to do, do it now! There are only so many tomorrows.” ~ Pope Paul VI

Don’t wait to be creative. Do it today. Do it every day. And always remember to smile big, laugh hard, and make people happy!

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Time to breathe

Find your happy place. That spot that gives you peace and joy. The location, or locations, that allow you to meditate, refocus, reset and relax. Take time for yourself. It doesn’t matter where the place is. 

In my mental Rolodex, I keep several locations where I can escape for a quick reset. I use the time to breathe, exhale and look to focus my vision. I find pictures that speak. Some shout, others whisper. The subject doesn’t matter. It’s all just a part of keeping your voice and your vision focused.

 

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