Laurie Toby Edison

Photographer

Portrait: Ruby Dee

Laurie says:

I seem to be looking at portraits lately.  I saw this one of the actress and activist Ruby Dee and really liked it.  I’ve always admired her and this shows her at time I hadn’t seen before.

..

This was taken when she worked at the Western Electric Company’s Kearny Works during World War II, soldering wires on an assembly line.  I like the way it shows her intense concentration, and aesthetically I appreciate the way it pushes the ragged edge of white (something I do in my own work).

Paul Novitski asked me in the comments to expand what I mean by the “ragged edge of white”

I think the best way to start, is to say something about the ragged edge of black. This is the edge you see pushed more usually in photography. A good example of this is Roy De Carava’s photo from post about him.

..
DeCarava1988_45

..

I like to push the ragged edge of white occasionally, which is less usual.  This photo of mine is a good example.

..

You’ll notice the important areas of the intense whites and you do in the portrait of Ruby Dee.

Thanks for asking Paul.

2 Responses to “Portrait: Ruby Dee”

  1. Paul Novitski Says:

    Can you talk a little about what you mean by “pushing the ragged edge of white”?

  2. Laurie Toby Edison Says:

    Good point, I’m adding the explanation with examples to the post.

Leave a Reply

with FeedBurner

Laurie Toby Edison by Carol Squires

Blog Stats

There are currently 1,212 posts and 3,851 comments, contained within categories.



Themes: