Bits about photography, digital media and art

Photoshop

Tech kids

While shooting portraits of her mom, this sweet 5-year-old wanted some camera attention. As soon as her Mom left to change for the next set, I asked her to come up to the set and pretend she’s Mommy, she knew exactly what to do.

Tech girl

Tech girl

After a few smiles to the camera she was drawn into the computer and didn’t mind the camera anymore.

Tech girl

Tech girl

Climbing trees and playing outdoors were my favorite activities when I was this kid’s age, My fascination with computers started when I was well into my 20’s. For the last 10 years I build and keep up all my computers and love doing that.

I didn’t find computers very practical for myself untill Photoshop 3 came out. Looking at these images made me think whose childhood is more fulfilling, the tree climbers or the tech kids? I don’t have an answer for that.

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The Horror

This is the horrifying story of little miss Muffet, brought to you in the shape of a little night lamp from the 50’s.

Little Miss Muffet-full
Little Miss Muffet-full
Little Miss Muffet
Little Miss Muffet

Little Miss Muffet
Sat on a tuffet,
Eating her curds and whey;
Along came a spider,
Who sat down beside her
And frightened Miss Muffet away.


lil’ hoedown

A cheerfully colored silly little band, this lil’ Abner windup toy from 1945 was assembled from a few sources since there are not many complete sets available. I didn’t want to neglect the back side of the piano because it’s pretty sweet and has Oleman Mose drawn on it (quite pleaz!), so I decided to compose it in the background, toning it down so it will not overwhelm the main subject.

lil' hoedown

lil' hoedown


Scribbling in smoke III

The brain is always searching for recognizable patterns, it wants to make sense of what’s presented to it.

When working with abstract materials,  what I do is help my brain uncover the obscure and bring it forward.

Crossing over

Crossing over


Scribbling in smoke II

I’ve been asked what exactly are these images. these are manipulated photograph I shot, of smoke. i alter colors and draw on them, with digital tools. Here’s a new image, followed by a small copy of the original shot, notice the figure on the lower left.

Leave it for later

Leave it for later

Resized original shot

Resized original shot


Scribbling in smoke

In a field where pre-planing is very important, sometimes, to free my mind, I like to take a pencil and scribble on paper, without raising it for a few moments from the page, and then with as little lines possible, to get out of the chaos a subject that will make sense.

As many in the visual field, I have a library of photographs I shoot, to use them as backgrounds or effects. While looking through some of my smoke images, I noticed a lot of scribble there to work with.

I use free association doing that, and I find it very rewarding.

Dragon

Dragon

Determination

Determination

prince with a rose

prince with a rose


The allusive porcelain hare

Here’s a porcelain hare shot in its natural environment, porcelain hares are a very timid animal. scared especially of curious little children with slippery fingers.

Shooting shiny objects is always a challenge and that’s one of the reasons I like doing it.

Porcelain Hare

The allusive porcelain Hare

And here’s a detail:

Porcelan Hare detail

porcelain Hare - detail


Mechanical boy to the rescue

Here’s a little mechanical celluloid toy. It’s pose made it a natural candidate to replace Superman.

To the rescue

To the rescue


Abandoned

This mechanical toy was originally dressed and could crawl, not anymore. It looks to me as if  it’s trying to reach out, sadly enough it doesn’t look like something you’d want to hold, that sense is what I went after.

Machanic Al


Synthetic and natural patterns

Since I started experimenting with Photoshop around 1996, I was fascinated by blending modes and the patterns I can make using them.

A natural progression to studying the subject through artwork I drew myself, (that’s when photography was still chemical based, and scanning was reserved for paid projects),  I started using patterns from natural elements I shot.

It’s pretty clear why we find natural patterns to be so inspiring, unlike an empty canvas, they already contain rhythm, flow  and direction which makes them a great subject.

Pink haze

Synthetic: Pink haze 1999

Stained glass leaves

Natural: Stained glass leaves 2009