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The Art of Being Luis Marden



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Memorabilia of a Master
Photograph by Sarah Leen

Always looking for a new angle, Marden naturally gravitated to airplanes, one of his many hobbies. “But flying was never at the top of his list,” says his wife, Ethel, who sometimes joined Luis on assignment, including one in 1952 that concluded with a transatlantic voyage aboard the Queen Elizabeth (bottom).



Camera: Nikon F100
Film Type: Fujichrome Velvia 50
Lens: Nikkor macro
Speed and F-Stop: not recorded
Weather Conditions: N/A
Time of Day: N/A
Lighting Techniques: strobe, spotlight strobe, and strobe with grid and warming gel



SPECIAL EQUIPMENT OR COMMENTS:
I used the spotlight to create the shadow of the airplane on the book—which was a cardboard cutout of an airplane shape suspended over the still life with a piece of thread.


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