Photographer Chris Stoltz will return to Mount Airy on Saturday, May 26, to give a photography presentation at the Historic Earle Theatre.
“I’ve always been interested in art,” Stoltz said. “I graduated Mount Airy High School with more art credits than I reasonably should have.”
Chris Stoltz’s photography has taken him all over the world since leaving Mount Airy. He spent 14 years, from 1999 to 2014, as a combat photographer and photojournalist for the U.S. Navy, documenting stories around the world in Asia, the Middle East, Europe and South America.
Stoltz spent five years shooting from a helicopter as an aerial photographer for the USS Harry S. Truman and later worked as a reporter for the Stars and Stripes Pacific bureau.
“Combat photography is just journalism cranked up to eleven,” Stoltz said. “Things move fast sometimes and painstakingly slow at times. I was shooting on the fly a lot back then; it was more reactionary. I think shooting for all of those years taught me to wait; it taught me to have patience with my subject.”
A graduate of Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California, Stoltz is now based in Los Angeles. His freelance photography specializes in editorial, lifestyle and portrait photography. Skilled in studio and on location shoots, he works with clients to produce visually appealing content from start to finish, including coordinating shoots, scouting locations, defining shot lists, setting lighting, producing imagery, and editing post-production.
“The thing I love about photography is that everyone has a different viewpoint. Things in a frame can look better or worse depending on who’s running the camera. A good photographer really shows you their slice of life; it’s much easier said than done.”
Stoltz’s presentation, which begins at 2 p.m., is free and open to the public. After the presentation, he will be available for questions.
The presentation is sponsored by the Mount Airy Photography Club and is funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council, a division of the department of Natural & Cultural Resources.
The Mount Airy Photography Club is devoted to exploring topics of interest in digital photography. It meets monthly on the third Tuesday, usually in the Siamese Twins Exhibit at the Surry Arts Council. There is no charge and new members are always welcome. For additional information, or to be included in the Mount Airy Photography Club’s monthly meeting topics, email Hobart Jones at [email protected]