From The Archive: Titusville

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

It’s always important to return home. Titusville, the small town in western Pennsylvania where oil was first discovered in America is Chris’s hometown and a constant source of inspiration for the environmental portraiture we create.

Since 2001, Chris has been making photos in his hometown – beginning with landscape work and transitioning to portraiture, Titusville was the inspiration for our award winning Steelworker series, a project which later grew to encompass the entire town and subjects from all walks of life.

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

The best description of Chris’s Titusville work comes straight from the artist himself (from Chris’s interview with Photographers on Photography):

The Titusville portraits are all vignettes of a bigger romantic tale I’m weaving about the place and my upbringing. Reality is what you perceive it to be and I think most people want to paint a pretty picture of their childhood. I am so fond of Titusville and think that everyone there just has so much life to them.”

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

Questions? Comments? Let us know. Drop us a line below or @crismanphoto and /crismanphoto. Cheers!

3 replies to “From The Archive: Titusville”

  1. Hi Chris! Love your work. Just discovered you through CommArts. Your photos (and I’m sure you’ve heard this before) have just a surreal, dreamlike quality to them. I think it is safe to assume you have hours of post production work into these, but any tips for a photographer who wants to achieve a similar look?

    Thanks so much for reading my question! Can’t wait to get just get lost in your pics!

    – Kyle

  2. Hey Kyle, thank you for the kind words about our work, we really appreciate it. The look and feel of our work is a combination of lighting, working closely to the ambient exposure of the scene, and it some cases we will use post production when necessary. If you haven’t read it yet, this blog post on the Strobist features and interview with Chris that might be of interest: http://strobist.blogspot.com/2011/04/chris-crisman-on-self-investment.html

    cheers!
    -robert

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