The Gossip Chain {ode to Norman Rockwell}

There’s art in Gossip.

I only knew that since I grew up with a print of Norman Rockwell hanging above my bed. An American painter, he would often create photographs of his subjects to inspire his paintings. For more more than four decades, Norman Rockwell’s work work appeared on the covers of The Saturday Evening Post magazine… the creme de la creme when it comes to publications of paintings/illustrations.

As a flipped through an old Norman Rockwell art book in Pierre, SD days before Judy & Davuth’s wedding fun-booth, it hit me. Fun-booth inspiration of the nth degree… With my iPhone, I snapped a photo of a page in a book, then emailed it to them with the following words “Inspiration for your Fun-Booth.” The image I sent Judy and Davuth stands poor… it was a iPhone photo of a photo of a painting that originated as a photo. Talk about several generations of loss of info… kinda like what happens on a daily occurrence in the halls of church, a bowling alley, or library of small town America.

Rockwell’s work (his photos vs his painting):
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A behind-the-scenes glimpse of how I ‘copied’ Norman Rockwell while shooting a wedding in Denver:
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While I didn’t necessarily copy the image precise (like, that would be boring), I drew inspiration. After 5 hours of post-production time, I’m proud to share this super old-skool image, a tribute to Mr. Rockwell:
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14 Responses to “The Gossip Chain {ode to Norman Rockwell}”

  1. Kyle — July 29, 2011 @ 6:04 am (#)

    Great project R.J. This is a great homage to Ol’ Norm.

  2. Scott Stebner — July 29, 2011 @ 8:02 am (#)

    Love the creativity RJ! I’m sure they are going to love all these shots just on one sheet! Could totally see it hanging on a wall! Way to not just break out of the box, but shred it to pieces.

  3. Karen Montalvo — July 29, 2011 @ 9:13 am (#)

    Love it!!

  4. Chanel — July 29, 2011 @ 11:08 am (#)

    Fan-freaking-tastic!

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  6. June — August 5, 2011 @ 9:53 pm (#)

    So creative and simply amazing!

  7. Desiree — August 8, 2011 @ 5:35 pm (#)

    You’re a genius!!!!! I love this. I can’t say that I’ve been drawn to your website for your style, but because you set out to be different. Your pictures are not like everyone else’s. Has the bride and groom seen this yet?!? They will LOVE it!!!

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  9. Harry who — September 20, 2011 @ 1:58 pm (#)

    Love this. Nice work Mr. Kern.

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  12. Jennifer — April 28, 2012 @ 1:10 pm (#)

    What a great way to modernize and make this your own. Wonderful idea!

  13. Kelley Kakes — November 27, 2013 @ 12:34 am (#)

    I love this so very, very much! Norman Rockwell is in my top 5 artists. What a great take on “The Gossip Chain”!

  14. Matt — June 24, 2014 @ 11:33 am (#)

    Precious. What brilliant concept!

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