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#

Eye See You…

Hey everyone! I recently found some really cool photos of eyes that I wanted to share with you! If you’re new to this blog I have a strange obsession with drawing eyes. They are the first thing I start drawing when I’m bored or otherwise. I’m not sure why but it’s just something I do so this group of photos really caught my eye. I’m sorry, but I had to, eye just couldn’t resist. Okay, enough of that, but I seriously thought these were pretty cool.

The majority of these are animal eyes, which was interesting to look at since I really don’t pay attention something like that. Also, all of the these images are really saturated with color and are just beautiful to look at! I can definitely see myself using some of these as inspiration within my own sketches, since like I said I don’t really pay attention to the physical features of animals like I do humans. As soon as I get some free time I want to try drawing some these and maybe even merging them with human features…who knows ;). Unfortunately Flickr does not like people just grabbing photos so I can’t post any images here but there will be a link down below. My favorites are the horse fly (first image), cat, and blue-eyed dog. Until next time!

Link:https://www.flickr.com/photos/flickrfamous/galleries/72157640513882494/

Naturally Inspired!

Hello everyone! I wanted to do a quick post on some really inspiring photos I found. I’ve taken several photography classes in the past so I have images of various subjects but I’ve always loved photos of nature! I think part of it is the idea that all you really need is a camera since nature is all around us. In other words, it’s the easiest subject to photograph. I mean you don’t really have to go far to find anything natural to photograph. You can open your door and take a picture of your lawn, although it might not be an award winner but hey it’s still nature.

 

These images that I found are basically entries in a contest that was called the 2014 DEEP Indonesia International Underwater Photo Competition. The winning image is the one on the top with the tadpoles!  I love all of these but I think the winner of the competition just did an amazing job when it came to perspective and subject. It’s a really beautiful image and I can easily see why it won! All of these photos are really well done in my opinion and I have a special appreciation for underwater photography. It’s probably since I don’t know how to swim but that’s besides the point. Below are my favorites and I’ll also include a link to the rest down below! Until next time guys!

 

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Link to article:http://www.grindtv.com/outdoor/nature/post/tadpoles-flying-overhead-unlikely-winner-of-underwater-photo-contest/

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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Beckwith and Fisher

Hey everyone, I came across two very talented photographers and I fell in love with their photos. Their names are dinka-01  Carol Beckwith and Angela Fisher. These two are well-known for capturing photos of various African tribes people and their culture. What really first drew me to their work is that the forms of the bodies of the people and animals looked like shadows and silhouettes. Now, you all know how I love a good silhouette photo, I did do a little blog series awhile a go so go check it out if you haven’t.

The pictures I’m looking at today are photos of the Dinka tribe and I will include a link to the inspirationgrid.com that will give you more info on that. I really love how rich and vibrant the sky is in contrast to the ground which is gray-black. The colors are just really beautiful in all of these photos however I’ve included my favorites in this post. I really love the one with the boy standing on a pole, the sky and ground are just so beautifully contrasted against each other, it’s really amazing. Its photos like these that really inspire me to keep at photography and go and just shoot something ( you know what I mean). I thought these were beautiful and I wanted to share so I hope you guys like them as much as I do. Below will be a link to the theinspirationgrid.com page where I found this as well as a link to the photographers’ website!dinka-08timthumb

Inspiration Grid page: http://theinspirationgrid.com/dinka-photo-series-by-carol-beckwith-angela-fisher/

Website: http://www.africanceremonies.com/