Aug 14, 2009

Merlin’s Apprentices

Magic MerlinSchool’s out and interns are clamoring to work with Merlin. We hosted Ryan and Matt this summer at our art/ photography studio. Merlin insisted on modeling, sharing his secrets for achieving great portraits (blueberry doggie crunchy attention enhancers).

Our interns earn credit through the Marin County School to Career internship program, which requires multimedia presentations and blogs Intern Ryanabout their work experience. Ryan goes to Drake and Matt is at Redwood where they’ll be seniors in the fall. Visit their blogs, Ryan’s and Matt’s and post an encouraging yip.Merlin and Matt
After a month, Merlin suggested the interns might like to work with someone taller than him, so we contacted our favorite human model, Karen Tomczak.KarenT We arranged a location shoot and packed our bag of tricks with metallic cloths, sheer fabrics, shiny streamers, and reflective fans from Chinatown. Everyone rendezvoused at our local labyrinth in Terra Linda. Merlin trotted the path, had a drink from the fountain, and frolicked in the nearby park.Terra Linda Labyrinth The interns were amazed to work with a professional model and both marked the experience as the highlight of their summer internship. We shot over 800 digital photos between the three of us. Karen reveled in the photographic Circle of Confusion, melting our camera with her unwavering intensity and playfulness. She’s our super model!Karen with Fan

Pavlinac Photography has been a popular Marin internship since the mid-90’s. We’ve gotten our tripods wet at Muir Beach, waited for the full moon to rise over the Golden Gate Bridge,Moonrise over Golden Gate Bridge made multiple time exposures in the Headland tunnels, got kicked out of Fort Point for not having a movie permit, walked the labyrinth at Grace Cathedral, noted botanical captions in Latin, balanced road cones on our heads,Merlin at Grace Labyrinth and documented artwork and jewelry in the studio. Merlin handles the canine modeling arrangements, inviting interns’ dogs to come along and try their paw at being professionally photographed. And catch frisbees for dog park action shots. Our interns have gone on to top photo schools, won awards at the Mill Valley Film Festival, worked with Stan Lee, are congressional aids and photojournalists, and splashed in Hollywood.

We welcome aspiring artists and students of photography to drop by our studio in Art Works Downtown for conversation, questions, portfolio sharing, and mutual inspiration. Merlin is often resident in the studio, Merlin and Karenespecially for gallery receptions and open studios events. He volunteers for clean up duty and is adept at tidying extra Art Cheese.
Bark by. Bring blueberry biscuits.

Cindy, 17 years hosting interns
Merlin, 9 years delighting and training interns