When the Big Sky Journal asked me to photograph The Red Lodge Clay Center I jumped at the opportunity. For the past 25 years I have been photographing weddings, portraits, and stories for various publications. I get inspired to do jobs for magazines because it lets me delve into some new subject, meet new and interesting people, and explore something visually in great depth. Being behind a camera detaches you slightly from reality and in my experience gives you a perspective that allows you to become very intimate with your subjects. Being a photographer and working for a publication has its benefits because the subjects of the story really want you to do a good job and go to great lengths to make sure you are welcome and that you can do your job well. When I walked into the studio at the Red Lodge Clay center all of the work tables and stations were immaculate. Each of the artists' studios were tidy, and were a window into the particular artist's creative process. Everyone was gracious and welcoming and I was allowed to walk into each artists studio which was like reading someone's creative diary. In each studio you could see objects of inspiration, sketches hung on the wall, and their pottery projects were in various states of creation. It was magical. I loved creating this visual story of the magic that is happening in a Red Lodge, Montana, tiny town at the beginning of one of the National Scenic Byways All-American Road's that climbs into one of the most beautiful areas in Montana.
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