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Bill's dead tired after shooting still life? ----- Original Message ----- From: "Ted Grant" Subject: [Leica] Still Life! :-) > OK I don't think it get's much weirder than this. ;-) > > > > Still life > > > > "Could you take a picture of my mother?" inquired the female telephone > caller. > > > > Bill Lingard, my partner and fellow photographer replied, "Yes, when would > > you like to come to the studio, I'm sure we can fit you in during the next > > few days?" > > > > "I'm sorry it will have to be tomorrow before noon, as the service is at > > two," was her reply. The service she referred to was her mother's funeral > > service. > > > > She did not have any pictures of her mother and this was the last > > opportunity for a photograph before the coffin was closed. > > > > So there we were the next morning, Bill, studio lights, ladder, the lady in > > the coffin and me. The scene was right out of a weird horror movie. > > > > Bill who is a master portrait photographer, tried to light the old lady > > with Rembrandt lighting, but the sides of the coffin created a shadow over > > her face. So he found a pillow and stuffed it behind her head to lift it > > above the edge of the coffin and the lights made her look alive. Sort of! > > > > Bill was up the ladder making his first exposure when the daughter arrived, > > looking at her mother she commented on how lifelike she looked, but > > wondered if Bill could open her eyes? > > > > For a moment I thought he was going to fall off the ladder, but maintaining > > his Lancashire composure, he explained he would just as soon do the eye > > opening by retouching the negatives. > > > > I had to leave on assignment before he completed the retouching and when I > > returned I asked how she looked. > > > > "Not bad, a bit starry-eyed, but the daughter thought she looked alive." > > What more could he say"? "There isn't anything like shooting still life," > > he replied with a smile.