EPhoto 136

Sam Gray, M.Photog.Cr.

What follows is a piece of the SHUTTERBUG article on Sam Gray. Watch for the entire article in the July issue. Use the link below to go to SHUTTERBUG online.

Three of the four Loan Collection images were heavily manipulated or 'painted' images, so Sam's work has certainly evolved with the times. What hasn't changed is his classic style, beautiful composition and lighting, and respect for his subjects. I decided to catch up with the Raleigh, NC photographer and ask him about his current work.

SB: Your career spans a few decades - still having fun? SG: I have never had more fun (40 + years). There is always something new to learn and I enjoy the variety of artistic talents that I can express.

SB: Many of your portraits are 'painted.' Is it just from software or do you actually touch brush to canvas? SG: I do a variety of techniques which do involve brush to canvas. In our gallery we display samples to help clients make their final decision. Often I am given the liberty to express myself more artistically. When I do, I enjoy the heavier impasto oils. I can do free-hand or a mixed media.

SB: Your image quality is very impressive. What format are you using? What is your favorite camera/lens combo. SG: I have worked with Fuji S2, Kodak Pro SLRn, and now Canon 1Ds Mark II. Lenses are 35-70 2.8 and 70-200 zoom 2.8

SB: Much of your work appears to have a European influence. Is that intentional? Am I misreading it? SG: I have been greatly influenced by European artists current and past. I have also traveled to Europe several times and love the rich natural settings there.

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