During the darkest days of World War II, a group of soldiers and art lovers alike dedicated their time to saving the greatest pieces of art from the hands of the Nazis. This simple act showed the world that, while freedom is important, what is a free life without art? Art is valuable. Art is something worth investing in.
Paul Chastain agrees. Art is necessary, for more reasons than you might realize.
For instance, how many of us can say we knew, or even remember, our great-grandparents? Our memories of our relatives are defined by a few pictures, maybe a wedding album or graduation photo. That’s all we have. But what will our future family members have? Photography is a dying art, what with technology making instant pictures so popular, and all our great-grandchildren will have is a few shots on a broken screen. You will, essentially, be forgotten.
However, Paul knows there is a solution to this quandary. He understands how intimate and personal getting your picture taken can be. He translates that rawness of the soul, that vulnerability, into a photograph. And in turn, that photograph is of you, the real you. The paper it’s printed on is archival standard, using the best methods available, giving you a real piece of art to pass down to future generations. It will, literally, last forever.
But how does he do it? Isn’t photography akin to those class pictures from elementary school, all generic backgrounds and quick snaps?
Not at all.
Paul’s passion is storytelling. Through a process of several sessions, he gets to know his subjects. And he has the unique ability to translate personalities onto paper. Imagine the Mona Lisa, Girl with a Pearl Earring, van Gogh’s Self-Portrait. We didn’t know these people. But the painter made us see them; he brought his subject to life. You’ll get the same treatment when you hire Paul as your photographer.
People, unlike buildings or landscapes, are unique. People have layers and depth, which, while hard to capture, makes a photo something valuable and unique. Each of Paul’s photographs reflect this and are not only works of art but also valuable family heirlooms.
Paul’s influences include Ansel Adams, Yousef Karsh, and Edward Weston, among others. He is inspired by the beauty of life in all its forms as well as non-traditionally things that, in their imperfectness, create beauty.
Art is valuable. We saw it during World War II and we see it now. Don’t let this dying art form slip away into the pages of history. Invest in your own personal work of art today.