Lovely

Mar. 11th, 2010 07:07 pm
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From [livejournal.com profile] not_alone's journal, Elijah Wood's lovely tribute to Pierre Vinet:

"I'll never forget the first time that I met Pierre Vinet. So many of us had flown to New Zealand to embark on a journey unlike anything we'd ever experienced. I was introduced to Pierre as our on set stills photographer, and I greeted him with great excitement, telling him that he had the "best job on the film!" His job was that of observer and documentarian for the process of bringing Tolkien's world to life and that unique perspective thrilled me.

To be the one to capture this incredible adventure that we were all taking part in and the brilliant artistry and passion of everyone involved, was a privileged opportunity. His enthusiasm and energy was genuinely infectious. "This is ze poster!", he would frequently say, his excitement for the images he was capturing, overflowing. Pierre always made everyone around him smile, no matter how difficult the shoot became or how tired any of us were. The familiar mischievous glint in his eyes, with eyebrows dancing, and lip-pursed chuckle served to inspire anyone around him. I remember often imitating his french canadian accent and signature phrases and chuckles. A true original character. I loved being called into his photo studio set-up for portraits and ideas that he had. He'd grab you and run you over to a blacked out room with his equipment, on a break from filming. His simple portraits outside the context of the set environment, are still some of my favorite images from the films. It was there in his world where, through his lens, he brought the characters that we were playing to life.

I hadn't heard that he was sick until I recently visited Wellington and found out just before he passed away. It's still difficult to process. The world has certainly lost a beautiful photographer, but more importantly; a friend, character, family member, eccentric, mad man, husband, and a true light that shone on everyone who had the pleasure of knowing him."

"His simple portraits outside the context of the set environment, are still some of my favorite images from the films."

Yes. I think Elijah Wood is too old now to be called a "kid," but let me say...that kid's got class.
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Via [livejournal.com profile] not_alone's LJ, I just heard that photographer Pierre Vinet has died. Anyone who was part of LoTR fandom during those heady movie years will be well familiar with Vinet's work. As the trilogy's official photographer, he was responsible for the beautiful, early series of black-and-white cast photos, including this one:



Vinet's photos were some of the first ones I ever saw of the cast, back when I was still worried that these movies would be a load of Hollywood-blockbuster garbage. His elegant and evocative portraits definitely helped to quell some my fears about what sort of project Lord of the Rings was going to be. This image of Frodo, in particular, became something of a legend on my old Imladris messageboard and among my fellow members of "Frodo's Harem." Vinet's work was an integral part of our fandom experience and I'm sure many of us will always be grateful for his artistry and vision.

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