Her Majesty’s Legacy

Her Majesty’s Legacy

Michael Potthast’s Tribute Captures Industry Recognition

BY MARIA IANNUCCI

In the eyes of an artist, creative vision often comes with selfsatisfaction. When Winter Haven photographer Michael Potthast, recently had his artistic passion recognized on the cover of a renowned industry publication; his reaction was simply, “humbling beyond words.”

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Potthast’s work, regularly featured in Inside Polk magazine, was nationally featured on the cover and inside the February 2013 issue of Professional Photographer. The cover photograph, titled “Her Majesty,” is a tribute to his late father, William “Bill” Potthast. The elder photographer was greatly inspired by the old masters of the arts and their take on traditional composition.

“My father used art books as a teaching tool for composition and lighting,” Mike shared. “The queen-like image is inspired from one of his favorite teaching books. I am most proud of the fact that it is captured entirely in camera and did not rely on digital techniques to create it. It meant a lot to me to use that original image for this inspiration as my father often referred to it for portrait elements and composition.”

Mike’s creative eye brings forth a number of classic images created with a more modern or updated twist. Two of his portraits, “Ruby” in April 2011, and “Blossom,” have been featured on the cover of Inside Polk magazine. Mike also credits Lynda Whitney and Elvin Velez for the styling and make-up.

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“It’s a continuing privilege to work with Inside Polk. We (Potthast Studios) work to make our images come across with a unique flair. I am grateful for the opportunity to meet and work with so many of Polk County’s amazing people.”

We, in turn, take this opportunity to applaud the visions of a local artistic master as he gains such recognition both from his peers and his community.

For more information on Mike Potthast or Potthast Studios, visit www.potthaststudios. com. The Professional Photographer feature can be seen at http://potthaststudios.com/downloads/ppa_potthast_feature.pdf.

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