Visiting another artist’s workplace is a thrill, no matter how many times it happens. It just never gets old.
A secondary sensation is checking out how these same folks dress. Most suit up for the work at hand. In my old darkroom days, I kept a set of pre-stained work clothes ready for a quick change. Even the smallest drop of chemical developer will permanently mark anything lighter than indigo denim. An apron or even a lab coat would never be enough protection.
My Texan friend James Russell, an apparel and fashion photographer, dresses for studio work in a way that’s half Ft. Worth and half Milan. I’m talking about Armani suits and cowboy boots which is perfect for his workplace.
When I was photographing the painter Adam Kolp in Ohio last month, I made sure to document his sensible shoes that were completely splatter-free.
About the author: I am Stephen Kennedy, an experienced photographer with more than 2500 completed sessions in all 50 US states.