Community Spotlight: The Good Child’s Leather

Nathan Abplanalp - Charlotte Photographer (7)

Our good friend Sarah Pohlig recently allowed me to photograph at her shared workshop in Chapel Hill, NC. Within the last couple months she has started The Good Child’s Leather to expand her passion for leather working. She learned everything she knows about leather from Dan Myles (Another blog post for him to follow).

The workshop is owned by Dan and she utilizes the space for her creations. “I love working with leather” she says “I love the feel of it, the smell, the long life and the history behind it. I would love to learn everything there is to know about leather working. The purpose of Good Child’s Leather is, currently, to make beautiful things. I sell bracelets and cuffs to afford more leather so that I can make more beautiful things.” Sarah says that she would have joined Dan in his business but she prefers the more feminine look where “delicacy meets durability”. “I like intricate and detailed, I like finished edges and the glisten of bridle leather, I love the dyes and stains, the different stitches, the hundred or so braids in Dan’s outback book. Currently I’m playing with the line between leather and jewelry.”

Sarah is excited that her work will be available at a new Carrboro market hosted by Erin Griffin from 10am to 5pm on April 14th. The market itself should run every second Saturday of each month, more details can be found here: http://www.carrborocraftmarket.com/index.html

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Fine Art: Larissa

Nathan Abplanalp - Charlotte Photographer (7)

For a photographer it is incredibly important to challenge yourself. Give yourself something to think through and plan out from scratch. Personal work gives me a chance to work through ideas and challenge myself with lighting. I generally do not use harsher, direct light, but tend to lean towards the softer, all illuminating light so this shoot was a bit more stretching. It was great to get out of the usual thought process and give myself more options to work with. I am also very pleased to say that I burned through several rolls of Kodak Portra 400 with my Mamiya 645 AFD and hope to get those developed and up on here as soon as possible. A huge thanks to Larissa for working with that direct sunlight in her eyes and giving me such grand photos.

-Nathan

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