If you attended one of the many celebrations held in conjunction with St. Augustine's 450th anniversary last summer, chances are, you may have been one of the 450 faces included in Michael LeGrand's "Faces of the 450th" project.
The project, which highlighted the diversity and individuality of St. Augustine residents and public figures through a series of headshots, will be on display in the Rotunda Gallery at the St. Johns County Administration Building from February 7 through April 20, 2017. There will be an opening reception Tuesday, February 7, beginning at 8:15 a.m., prior to the Board of County Commission meeting. Light refreshments will be served, and the public is invited and encouraged to attend.
"Faces of the 450th" drew inspiration from one of photography's most amazing portfolios, the "American West Series" by Richard Avedon, which captured subjects in various posed and non-posed moments against a white backdrop, which acted as a blank canvas, allowing the subject to stand out and be highlighted. Michael LeGrand's pseudo-improvisational headshots were shot at different community events such as Farmers Markets, Music in The Plaza, and other locations. Just as Avedon's American West photos captured a diverse subset of the American culture, LeGrand's photos captured a similarly diverse subset of our St. Augustine community. The final project was ultimately displayed on large mounted billboards in front of the Lightner Museum, the St. Augustine Visitors Center, and the St. Augustine Amphitheatre.
Michael LeGrand graduated with a BS in Photography from Drexel University, and has traveled the world perfecting his craft. After relocating the St. Augustine in 2002, he opened his own commercial photography studio, Michael LeGrand Photography. For the last 15 years, he has built an impressive client list in the areas of healthcare, architecture, advertising, higher education, and various others. Michael's clients often comment that his unique perspective and ability to capture a subject's character has a way of bringing their projects to life.
Michael is also an avid (and FAA licensed) drone pilot, and has provided breathtaking photographs and videos for his clients. Additionally, Michael has recently added video production to his service line, much to the joy of his clients.
"Michael LeGrand would like to acknowledge Flagler Hospital, which provided financial support for the "Faces of the 450th" project show at the Administration Building. As the only hospital in St. Johns County, Flagler Hospital is committed to caring for the community each and every day. Flagler Hospital is a 335-bed, acute care hospital that is consistently ranked among the top 5% of all hospitals in the nation for clinical excellence"
Located at 500 San Sebastian View off of US1 North, the St. Johns County Administration Building is open to the public from 8a.m. until 5p.m. Monday through Friday. The St. Johns Cultural Council (SJCC) would like to thank the St. Johns County Board of Commissioners for their continued support of this Art in Public Places project, which the SJCC sponsors throughout the year.
The Cultural Council is funded in part by a grant from the Florida Division of Cultural Affairs, the State of the Arts License Plate funds and with the support of The St. Johns County Tourist Development Council. For more information about the St. Johns Cultural Council visit www.historiccoastculture.com.