Conceptualisms

Conceptualisms

“We are all hungry and thirsty for concrete images. Abstract art will have been good for one thing: to restore its exact virginity to figurative art.” – Salvador Dali

This is my first attempt at shooting wild flame for a competition on +500px.  I enjoyed trying to come up with something a bit conceptual and “out of the box” for a Cup of Warmth theme.

I think my brain did okay with this one!

Happy Sunday!

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#conceptualphotography   #conceptualizations  #flame   #fire   #firephotography   #firephotos  #dancingintheflame   #commercialart

Week 47: Demons

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A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Achromatic/Color Portraiture

Week 47: Demons

When the days are cold
And the cards all fold
And the saints we see
Are all made of gold

When your dreams all fail
And the ones we hail
Are the worst of all
And the blood’s run stale

I wanna hide the truth
I wanna shelter you
But with the beast inside
There’s nowhere we can hide

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

Curtain’s call
Is the last of all
When the lights fade out
All the sinners crawl

So they dug your grave
And the masquerade
Will come calling out
At the mess you’ve made

Don’t wanna let you down
But I am hell bound
Though this is all for you
Don’t wanna hide the truth

No matter what we breed
We still are made of greed
This is my kingdom come
This is my kingdom come

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide

They say it’s what you make
I say it’s up to fate
It’s woven in my soul
I need to let you go

Your eyes, they shine so bright
I wanna save that light
I can’t escape this now
Unless you show me how

When you feel my heat
Look into my eyes
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide
Don’t get too close
It’s dark inside
It’s where my demons hide
It’s where my demons hide.

― Imagine Dragons, Demons

Imagine Dragons – Demons (Official)

So, for this week, I heard this song and the idea popped into my head; a combination of childhood stories as well as how I imagine the darkness clings to us when we do not let go or refuse to push out your own personal darkness.

I did this composite with 2 images and a two light set-up to create and control shadows.  I gelled the flash with blue to give it a much more sad and melancholy feel.  In addition, it made for the perfect shot to submit to the Emotions Self Portrait Challenge hosted by The Art of Self Portraiture Community.

Again, very little was done to make this shot other than a softbox and a flash.

So, without further ado, here is my submission for Week 47 of this project.

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The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc. The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete. These will be portraits per the definition:

por·trait
/ˈpôrtrət/

Noun

1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.

Synonyms
picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy

My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!

Please take time to also view or participate in the self portraiture challenge for November:https://plus.google.com/events/cpsvftnsjp5ei559v97rq4anp6s

#portraitphotography   #notanother52project  #emotionalself   #demons #composite  #controllingthelight   #shadows

#52project   #52weeks2013   #52weekproject  #52weeks #52portraitproject   #portraitphotography

Week 47: Candles

Project 52 B&W
Week 47: Candles
#P52BW13 | +Project 52 B&W
Curated by +Tisha Craw, +Susan Porter, & +Lauri Novak

If you happened to miss my selfy portrait for Week 46 of my other 52 portraiture project, then you probably have never seen this candle set-up, but do not fret, it can be found here: https://plus.google.com/106324582128454068388/posts/R7KgztoerSr

For this BW shot, revolving around candles, I used the same equipment:

Candle holders
Tea Lights
Canon Flash with Orange Gel

I hope you enjoy my illuminating candles for this week’s theme!

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Infinite Eye

Infinite Eye

“Once we open our eyes to the infinite magic that the universe has in abundance, we are sure to be enthralled by what we see and this miraculous creation gets us closer to our dreams and to the world as a whole.” ― Stephen Richards

My last, for the week, eye macro conceptualization for this series.  It is two different eye macros composited together as a culmination of the expressive and inspiring vision we all have within us!

Happy Thursday and enjoy!

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#eye #selfportrait   #eyemacro #theexpressiveeye#quotes   #conceptualizations  #thisishalloweenphotography   #infiniteeye  #inspiration

The Outer Limits

The Outer Limits

“There is nothing wrong with your television set. Do not attempt to adjust the picture. We are controlling transmission. If we wish to make it louder, we will bring up the volume. If we wish to make it softer, we will tune it to a whisper. We will control the horizontal. We will control the vertical. We can roll the image, make it flutter. We can change the focus to a soft blur or sharpen it to crystal clarity. For the next hour, sit quietly and we will control all that you see and hear. We repeat: there is nothing wrong with your television set. You are about to participate in a great adventure. You are about to experience the awe and mystery which reaches from the inner mind to – The Outer Limits.”

I used to love the classic and the remake so much that when I began to process this, I heard the introduction playing in my head the entire time.

I hope you enjoy!

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#eye #selfportrait  #eyemacro#theexpressiveeye #quotes  #conceptualizations #theouterlimits   #basedontv   #strangerthanfiction

Week 46: Where Creativity Takes Me

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A 52 Week Project | Monochromatic/Achromatic/Color Portraiture

Week 46: Where Creativity Takes Me

“I tramp a perpetual journey.” ― Walt Whitman, Song of Myself

So, for this week, I couldn’t do exactly what I wanted since I could not lay flat on the floor, but it did allow for my creativity to point me in a different direction and still use all the props and pieces for the intended result.

I started with test shots of my candles and then realized I was still going to need my flash; however, I decided to gel it with an orange to keep the warm glow.

This set up was rather simple: 1 diffused flash gelled and in my beauty dish, one white card to the side, and the candles.  After that, it was a simple retouch in PS and a trip to the sink to rinse off the make-up! =)

I always enjoy seeing where my creativity takes me….

So, without further ado, here is my submission for Week 46 of this project.

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The rules I have laid out are simple – 1) these portraits can be of myself or another model, but cannot be the same image as my other project; 2) There must be a lighting element – whether my studio lights or a consciously planned shoot using natural lighting from the golden hour, etc. The key being consciously planned – no “on a whim”, point the camera at someone and call it complete. These will be portraits per the definition:

por·trait
/ˈpôrtrət/

Noun

1. A painting, drawing, photograph, or engraving of a person.
2. A representation or impression of someone or something in language or on film.

Synonyms
picture – likeness – portraiture – portrayal – effigy

My goal is to expand my portraiture abilities and processing as well as direction I give others while also working on my creative muscles and my own personal style, which I believe to be shooting what I like to see!

Please take time to also view or participate in the themeless edition of   #SSP  this week:https://plus.google.com/u/0/events/c6jh798ketin9o80t2gbss5r1sk

#portraitphotography   #notanother52project  #selfysunday   #selfysundayproject

#52project   #52weeks2013   #52weekproject  #52weeks #52portraitproject   #portraitphotography

Week 46: Stairs

Project 52 B&W
Week 46: Stairs
#P52BW13 | +Project 52 B&W
Curated by +Tisha Craw, +Susan Porter, & +Lauri Novak

Okay, so this week, I was quite liberal in my interpretation of the theme. As I thought about finding stairs that would fit my idea, I pondered over what stairs mean to me. Stairs are something you climb to get higher or to another level – they elevate us. We take steps – either big or small – to get there.

As a photographer and visual artist, I thought about what stairs I take to become better; the steps I follow to enhance my knowledge, and most importantly living up to the expectation I have set for myself to never stop learning and being educated in my craft.

So, for my stairs, or steps, I pulled together some of my favorite periodicals which showcase tutorials on how to perform techniques more easily and more efficiently. Some of My favorites include Photoshop User, Fantasy Artist, books by Tom Ang, and even the educational discs from a few others.

Happy Friday and I hope you enjoy!

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