FS Original: Brownie Harris Talks Shooting Film
This week I thought I’d mix up the Fstoppers format a bit to introduce you to a good friend of mine and an amazing photographer Brownie Harris. Brownie is based out of Wilmington, North Carolina and shoots all sorts of projects all over the country. I think I was first introduced to his work through the praise of some of his previous clients that were based here in Charleston. A name like Brownie is not easy to forget so I thought I’d call him up and see if he was interested in sharing his work with the Fstoppers audience.
Before I let Brownie win you over with his charasmatic stories and spectacular images, let me give you a little background on Mr. Harris. For starters Brownie is one of those “been there and seen it all” sort of guys. From portraits of Bill Clinton and James Earl Jones to commercial shots of multimillion dollar satellites and industrial assembly lines, Brownie’s images definitely make you stop and do a double take. His approach to simplistic portrait lighting might make you think he is no fancy lighting pro but do not be naive. During this interview I could tell he had a lot of tricks up his sleeve when in comes to elaborate lighting, and he even told me one of his shots required 27 dynalite heads! What is even more amazing is he learned how to do all of this without the use of that LCD screen we all depend on so much. I have no idea how he did what he did in the age of film but I think it is an amazing testament to the creativity and insight Brownie puts into his work.
Since our format is 10 minute short films, there was really no way I could squeeze everything into this single video. However, I think it is quite easy to see how much knowledge Brownie Harris has to offer young and established photographers alike. And for you collectors out there, you have to see the number of antique cameras this guys has! It’s amazing, and he has a story for each of those as well.
You can view more of Brownie Harris’s work at www.brownieharris.com