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Portrait about Grief

I have been thinking a lot about grief and how it effects us all. As an artist I have the need to express myself through photos. I am attempting to make something to speak to the process of grieving.

Grief feels like this to me. When the world starts to unravel around us, when it seems surreal that everything keeps going on despite our pain, as if everything is normal, when it seems that nothing will ever be the same for us again. We experience grief at different times and for different reasons, but that initial shock is universal.

This is the 1st in a series of 3 images. The other images are yet to be created, but are on their waysaj_1578-a2

 

Scott and Kristen Engagement Photos Rhode Island

Scheila Gonzalez and Ryan Brown from Zappa Plays Zappa Portraits by Seth Jacobson

Rhode Island Portrait Project: Rabbi Wayne Franklin from Temple Emanuel

I have another installment of my very exciting portrait project. I love my community and there are some amazing people making Rhode Island a wonderful place to live. I have decided to photograph the people who are really making “IT” happen here in my community in a (hopefully) creative and fun way that tells a story about who those people are and what they are doing for their little section of the world.

Rabbi Wayne Franklin is a wonderful man. He is the kind of man that you immediately feel comfortable talking with. I have spent many hours conversing with him, and soaking up his warm intelligence. What strikes me about Rabbi Franklin is his openness to explore. He is always ready to dig deeper and look closely at humanity. As a non Jewish person, I have burdened him with many questions that he has tirelessly answered, and I am grateful for his generosity of spirit. I am also impressed with not only the strength of his conviction, but the wealth of knowledge that he offers his congregation at Temple Emanuel in Providence. He is a scholar in the truest sense of the word, so when I photographed him I wanted his library to be included in our portrait. I think we created a beautiful portrait, and I am proud to share it with you now.

Here is a link to some of the other portraits I have created for this project

Rabbi Wayne Franklin of Temple Emanuel in Providence RI  by Seth Jacobson

Rabbi Wayne Franklin of Temple Emanuel in Providence RI
by Seth Jacobson

Portrait Photography Childhood: Seth Jacobson

Sometimes I create a portrait that transcends the moment that we are in, and touches onto something bigger than myself or the person I am photographing. I feel like these photos do that. Boyhood in a bottle is what we have here. I feel something very special when I look at these photos, I feel my own childhood, and countless others both before and after me. What are your thoughts?

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kid portrait by Seth Jacobson

kid portrait by Seth Jacobson

Light The Way

Light The Way

Photographers: Want to learn more about
lighting techniques and posing in a dynamic, hands-on workshop?
Want to experiment with new equipment (or better understand the equipment you already own) in a fun, supportive environment?
Bring your camera  and your lighting questions to Light The Wat at Fete Club on March 24th from 10:00 to 3:00. Hosted by Brad Smith Photography and Seth Jacobson Photography, the program will include strategies for creating dynamic and dramatic lighting scenarios. There will be an opportunity for peer feedback and review of your work. We believe in learning by doing, so this is not a lecture. This is an interactive program with a strong emphasis on play. We will have models on hand and participants will have the opportunity to immediately test and apply what they learn in a creative, supportive setting.
The venue will also allow us to explore the most common challenges we face (as wedding and portrait photographers, at indoor events, etc.)
About the venue: Located in the historic Onleyville section of Providence, The Fete Club is a colorful, eclectic boutique music venue. Its mission is to provide an atmosphere of education, collaboration and celebration for artists and musicians, and to culturally enhance its community at-large. Original artwork is featured throughout the club. Visit fetemusic.com for more information.
Join us: The cost is $100 for the 4 hour workshop, and the registration deadline is March 10th. We will break for lunch (Wes’s Rib house is right next door!) but participants are welcome to bring a bag lunch and continue through lunch.
Please email workshop@smithbrad.com to secure your spot.
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