From Playtime to Photoshoot

Hey everyone,

I saw this awhile back and I loved the concept these photographs. These were created by photographer Kelly Lewis and the model is actually her daughter, Alice Lewis. I think what I loved about these initially was the sophisticated simplicity of the photographs. I mean really, when we get down to it these are essentially a group of photos capturing a moment of dress up. Lewis is able to take this simple idea and make it into something bigger and highlight this typical childhood moment. Its also something very nostalgic for most people too.

Boy or girl, anyone can relate to this idea of dressing up as a kid and seemingly turning into another person. Whether it was transforming into a princess or a wronged prom queen bent on revenge (okay, maybe not so much the later). It also continues to amaze me at how parents and their kids are actually collaborating together to make such beautiful and interesting photography. Yes the parent is taking the picture, but ask any photographer and they will tell you that the model is equally (if not more) important to the piece. I also liked the positive attitude of these two on the fact that Alice is adopted and proud of it. I think it says a lot about this little girl’s character! Anyway I hope you guys enjoy this and there will be a link to the original article down below you can also see the other photos there too. Until next time!

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Carrie is just a classic, I mean its so well known and a great Halloween movie. I love how her eyes just pop here, especially with the blood near them!

Link: http://laughingsquid.com/malice-of-alice-photographer-mother-and-nine-year-old-model-daughter-bond-through-stunning-cosplay-portraits/

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Take My Breathe Away

Hey everyone! I re-discovered some photos that were floating around in my email and I wanted to finally talk about them. These photos are actually self-portraits created by photographer Rachel Baran and they are amazing! I really love the mood and lighting in all of these. Although I don’t know her personally I think you can get a sense of her personality within these photos, which is what should happen in a self-portrait. Exploring the art of the self-portrait is something that I’ve been wanting to do for a while now but I never seem to nail down a concept.

My design concepts don’t come easy by any means but once I get them that’s it. Usually when I take photos I usually just take them, keeping in mind of course the angle, lighting, etc. Photography isn’t something that I’ve really focused on as much as I do my design work but that doesn’t mean it’s not important to me. On the contrary I have a real love and appreciation for photography and when I do go out to shoot some photos I always have fun. I still have a series that I’d like to continue, maybe over break, but the thing is how do I add to it so it still fits and makes sense as a series?

I think these photos address that  problem in the way that the focus remains the same but the setting and depiction change. The subject or focus is Baran herself and she does a great job of tying these pictures together so they stand alone or as one collection. Needless to say I found these very inspiring and unique because they are not the standard idea of a self-portrait. It also gives me a lot to think about when approaching my own work.  Baran just does a great job of setting the mood and feeling of each photo, which is what I really admire about these! As always I’ll have my favorites posted below and a link to the original article! Until next time!

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Link to article: http://www.stumbleupon.com/su/1GFssk#

Elke Vogelsang!

Hey everyone! I found these pet portraits and I thought they were pretty cool for several reasons! One of  them is how well the photographer, Elke Vogelsang, captures the expressions of the dogs. There are tons of photos of people’s pets online but these are different because they really capture the personality of the dogs. I liked the contrast of the dark background because it really highlights the dogs themselves rather than distracting us with their environment. I feel like her intent and focus is on the dogs so I think she was really successful in taking these images.

I have dogs myself and I’ve taken photos of them but never in a studio setting or without an indication towards their natural environment; which is basically the house since my dogs are lazy and don’t care for the outdoors much. I really liked these photos because they’re different from a typical dog photo and some of the expressions are hilarious! I recommend you check out all of them, the link is below, but I included my favorites!

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Link: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2014/03/27/elke-vogelsang_n_5042132.html?ncid=fcbklnkushpmg00000023

Trey Ratcliff!

Hey everyone! Its been awhile since I’ve done a post on a specific artist so I figured why not do one now! I recently discovered a photographer named Trey Ratcliff and I really love his photographs. He does something a little bit different when it comes to his photos, he uses HDR photography. So what is HDR photography you ask? Well I’m not going to get into too much detail here since he does a great job of describing it himself but I’ll give you the basics. HDR stands for  High Dynamic Range which means you take several photos of the same subject and combine them to create one beautiful image. Each image is taken with a different shutter speed so you end up with three photos. One bright, one medium and one dark (which means each has a different lighting). I’m going to put a couple of links to all of his info down below because he really does provide a lot of great tips and tutorials!

I came across these and I love the depth to his photos and the mood they give off. I don’t know about you guys but I’m definitely attracted to certain styles of art in different ways. There is art that I really admire and think is beautiful but I just have more of admiration for it and that’s as far as it goes. Then there are other works of art that I want to replicate and stylistically bring into my own artwork. This is one of the later, I’ve always really loved landscapes and enjoy photographing nature over other objects. That being said some of my best photos, in my opinion, are ones that I’ve taken in a studio so you can analyze that since it makes no sense to me. Anyway, below are some of my favorites but I will have many links to find out more about Trey below! Until next time!

Websites: Portfolio site http://stuckincustoms.smugmug.com/

Informational site: http://www.StuckInCustoms.com/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/treyratcliff

Twitter: https://twitter.com/TreyRatcliff

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Its in Your Genes!

Hi everyone, I found this article on how a photographer, Ulric Collette, merges two different generations of family members to create a really interesting photograph. Its really amazing how some people look like repeats of an older generation. In the photo below the photographer combined a picture of his mother and daughter and it ended up looking like a photo of one person at different points in life. The resemblance is really amazing. At first I thought this was a picture of one person!

I thought this was a really interesting concept although it might not necessarily work for all family members it could highlight similarities that aren’t really noticeable at first. I’d personally like to look into this more and merge some of my photos with those of my relatives. I think it would be a really interesting project! Below are some of my favorites that I got from his website and the one from the article. I’ll also have links to both down below!

 

Article: http://shine.yahoo.com/parenting/the-grandmother-granddaughter-mini-me-portrait-you-must-see-220040587.html

Ulric Collette: http://genetic.ulriccollette.com/

Getting Drawn In

Hey everyone!  I found this really cool artist a little while back and I wanted to include him in one of my posts. His name is Ben Heine and he’s a photographer and illustrator.  I thought it was really interesting how he was able to combine the photography and his drawing skills. I really like this approach and since I like both photography and drawing this interested me. It was a nice way to incorporate both of his talents into one piece of work.

These drawings also add a nice effect to the photographs and add another level of interest. He does some in color but most of them are black and white which is what I actually prefer. I think having the drawing in black and white makes me feel like I’m seeing what’s beneath the surface in these photos. It’s almost as if the colored portion of the photo is the surface and we’re peaking underneath. I thought these were really well done and I wanted to share them with you guys. Below are my favorites but I’ll also include a link below to the article I found on him. Until next time!

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Link to article: http://blog.flickr.net/2013/09/27/photographer-literally-draws-life-into-his-photos/

Flowerbombing!

Hey everyone! So what is flowerbombing you ask? Well, its photographing flowers while they explode, at least in my definition. Got your attention, right? Mark Klimas has found this unusual way to create some very unique and beautiful photographs.  I was really attracted to these photos because of the shattering effect that they have. It was something that really caught my attention because it was something I’ve never seen before.2686266

Now you might say ‘exploding flowers, what’s the big deal?’ but I there’s just something about them that is really intriguing to me. His process is also really interesting because he prepares the flowers before they meet their maker. First he puts the flowers in a box with liquid nitrogen to freeze them to about negative 326 degrees fahrenheit. After that point Klimas says that they are as fragile as a snowflake and are really easy to break. In order to get his beautiful photos he  shoots the flowers from behind to get the shattered effect. It’s a really interesting process so I highly recommend that you check out the link below to learn more about this process.2686263

I love the photo of the dark rose, the coloring of the rose is beautiful and I love how the center of the rose is intact while the edges appear to have dissolved. I really love the pink flower, which may or may not be a rose, because of the way the colors blend and layer on each other. I picked the third flower because it looked as if it had been something so solid, almost as if it was ceramic. Remember to check out the link below to see all of the flowers! The ones here are just my favorites! Until next time!

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Link: http://shine.yahoo.com/photos/photographer-captures-spectacular-images-shattering-slideshow/-photo-2686260-185600455.html

All Around the World…Again?!

Hey everyone! I found this really cool set of photographs with a great concept behind them! Basically it documents a photographer being lead around the world by his girlfriend. The photos were all taken with the girlfriend in the lead holding the photographers hand. I love everything besides the pose changes at each place they travel, they also have some local “props” that they use, such as a Frankenstein statue. I really love this concept because it such a simple and cool concept but he ended up with a ton of great photos from his travels.photographer-follows-girlfriend-around-the-world-holding-hand-photo-series-2

With a little investigating, which is sometimes necessary with stuff found on Pinterest, I found out that the photographer is  Murad Osmann. I took a look and these photos are on his Instagram not his website, that I saw, so I’ll put a link for both below! His website also has some great photos that I am very jealous of. I’m working on portraits for my photography III class and they are nothing compared to his. Then again it is something really new to me, I’ve never done them before, so maybe I’m been a bit harsh but when am I not hard on myself? Anyways I thought these were awesome and I wanted to share! As always, I hope you guys enjoy this post!

Osmann’s Instagram: http://instagram.com/muradosmann/

Osmann’s Website: http://muradosmann.com/

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In Your Dreams!

Hey everyone! I found this artist on the front page of Yahoo long time ago and never got around to making a post about him! Photographer Ronen Goldman has found a creative way to capture his dreams and bring them to life. He recreates a part of his dream that has the most significance to him and recreates it  in the real world. I thought that this was a really  unique and creative way of thinking.

Sometimes dreams can be great source of inspiration if you know how to tap into them. I think that some of my favorite photos are the ones that have some kind of object suspended in air. I thought this was an interesting way to use your dreams within your work.I know sometimes with my writing (I’m a writing major too, remember? :D) I use ideas that come from experiences within my dreams, so why not use them in art too?

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His dreams seem particularly interesting, they really look like a scene from a story or movie and it makes me want to know what exactly is going on here.These photos are really attention grabbing and I love them because of how abstract they are and how they represent a small part of a story.Included below is the link to where I originally found the photos and also a link to Goldman’s blog where you can find more photos when you click on the Surreal Project tab! I hope you guys found this interesting, see you next time!

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Yahoo Slideshow: http://news.yahoo.com/lightbox/photographer-turns-dreams-into-surreal-photos-slideshow/ronen-goldman-photo-911873380.html

Ronen Goldman’s Blog: http://www.ronengoldman.com/?p=975

All Around the World

Hey everyone! I have to admit I almost forgot to make a post this week!  >_< Which is kind of weird because I’ve been doing this for awhile now but anyway I have some amazing photos to share with you this week! I came across these photos and they really inspired me to keep working with my photography skills, and maybe travel sometime soon! I came across a photographer that has taken some amazing photos while in his native Berlin, Germany and on his travels to various other places. His name is Lukas Kozmus and I am very envious of him for several reasons. His photographs are really beautiful and very rich in color.lukas-1

Also I love silhouette photography (I made that term up, I think) so these photos are right up my alley in that respect. Although I love me some silhouettes I have to admit my favorite photo is not one with a silhouette. I really love the photo that was taken with the children play in the rain in the street. I like the golden warmth to the picture and how the rain drops look like gold. My second favorite is the shot of the biker on the road, once again I love the warm lighting, it just seems to add some kind of a mystical feeling to the photos.

I thought all of his photos are really beautiful and they really inspired me to keep at my own photography. Sometimes I get discouraged but I can tell that my photos are getting better and its really a matter of just getting out there and shooting some photos. I’d love travel and take these kinds of photos but I think the more I practice I’ll get there, in the mean time I’ll keep sharing things that inspire me with you guys! Thanks for reading! I’ll put some links down below in case you want to check out more!

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article site: http://www.thisiscolossal.com/2012/11/the-travel-photography-of-lukas-kozmus/

Lukas’ flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/56047188@N06/