& Passions, the Poets of Los Angeles
Sunday, April 7, 2002, Beyond Baroque Literary Arts Center will
host The Big Picture, a gathering of Southern California poets to
be photographed for National Poetry Month.
California is a region of diverse populations, each with a unique
voice. For this event, Beyond Baroque will bring these voices together
to be documented by photographer Mark Savage in a panoramic group
portrait on the grounds of Beyond Baroque. With this gathering,
Beyond Baroque and Mark Savage seek to awaken Southern California
to the wealth of talent that resides right here.
event culminates Mark Savage's portrait series "Souls and Passions,"
a five-year project to individually photograph the prominent poets
of Los Angeles. Called one of the "finest up-and-coming portrait
photographers in North America" by American Photography, Savage
has produced outstanding work for The Los Angeles Times, Money,
Fortune Small Business, and other major local and national publications.
The completed "Souls and Passions" project will encompass over 100
portraits of L.A.'s major voices, including such luminaries as David
St. John, Suzanne Lummis, Jeff McDaniel, Wanda Coleman, Gerald Locklin,
and Ellyn Maybe. The group photo will fulfill Mark Savage's vision
of a grand mosaic of the diverse faces of Southern California poetry
today. After the group photo, the poets will view the finished "Souls
and Passions" collection on display in the Beyond Baroque gallery.
this occasion, participating poets will also donate copies of their
books to the Beyond Baroque Archive, the largest independent collection
of Southern California poetry on the West Coast. Mark Savage will
present a framed print of the group photo to Beyond Baroque for
its permanent collection.
Savage states, "The benefit to my career with this project has been
all about the amazing new relationships I've forged. I've been genuinely
moved, inspired, and entertained by the poets I've met."
Savage has always been obsessed with photography. He credits a mixture
of life experiences, his travels, and varied interests as having
an influential impact on his work. In all, the recipe for a Mark
Savage portrait, is one part technical expertise, one part intuition,
and a pinch of serendipity.
his clients include a diverse list of magazines, companies and public
relation firms throughout the United States. Mark Savage's photographs
have appeared in the Los Angeles Times, Money, Fortune Small Business,
and numerous other publications throughout southern California.
Savage can be contacted by e-mail at: firstname.lastname@example.org,
or by phone at 310.367.4706.
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