I had the pleasure of working on an old wedding photo this week for a lovely woman. This is a photo of her wedding day. At home she has a photo of her mother getting married in front of the same church. I made a separate photo with a sepia/bronze tone that will go on the wall next to her mothers wedding photo.
If I told you that Winky, the photographer, specializes in child photography, you'd probably envision images with clown-like colors, over-the-top facial expressions, and wacky compositions. Well shame on you. That's judging. And you're not supposed to judge because you might be wrong. And in this case, you are. (I apologize to those who didn't judge, you guys keep up the good work!)
What I'm saying is that with a name like Winky, you can't help but envision a little whimsy. What you may not think of are the beautiful, thoughtful, arresting children photographs that Winky Lewis has built her reputation on.
Above are a few photos from her Portland Kid's Series. Not your typical child photographs, huh? She creates a sort of... quiet intensity to her photographs. And she has a knack for getting expressions that make it seem like the kids are looking right into your soul. I wanted to share some of these beautiful photographs because kids are amazing creatures. They go through more changes in a few years than some people go through in 20 years once they get older. If you photograph a child when they are five, by the time they are six you could be photographing a completely different person. I think that's why we are all so fascinated and crave for child-like moments, because you aren't a child for very long. Or at least, the same child.
If you've ever checked out my Contact page you'll know that I also have a tumblr that I like to use for more informal, personal expression. Updating my tumblr blog though, is only half the fun. I follow many interesting, wonderful people that inspire me and make me smile. One such blog is called Sketch of the Day by Graeme Borland.
As you can probably tell by the title, the contents of the blog are pretty self explanatory. Every day Graeme Borland, a game designer/programer/2d and 3d artist, does a digital sketch. Every day. Like, seriously, he doesn't miss a day. He does this to strengthen his overall composition and conceptual skills. He's been doing this since January 1, 2012. Which means that at the time of this post, he has just done his 765th sketch.
If you follow him on tumblr, everyday he'll post an image of a digital painting along with what number it is. More recently, Borland has begun to create youtube videos of him drawing his daily sketches. I find these fascinating because they give you a glimpse into how he creates. I've posted his latest youtube video here, for you to enjoy.
Oh, and what kind of an artist would I be if I didn't mention that his website also has many fun projects that he's done, many of them gaming related.
For the past few months I've been showing spreads form my fall-semester editorial class. We were making a magazine. Yes, a full magazine from start to finish in one semester. Starting from scratch. Nothing but a few professors that had some connections and a theme of positive/negative.
Well I wanted to show you all the finished product. With a classroom of half designers and half photographers we created the seventh addition of Positive/Negative Magazine.
Now one thing you may be asking yourself is... where is the title? Well the title is actually a spot varnish at the top of the front cover. It's rather hard to photograph (how ironic) but looks great in person. Here, maybe if we take a closer look...
Ok, that doesn't help much. But believe me it's there and it looks great! I personally worked on three different projects for the magazine and two of them made it into the final edit. One is a spread created by Nick Tyler and I about the prostitution industry in Nevada.
The other spread is about light pollution and how it negatively effects our health. I worked with the lovely Eva D'Ignazio on that project.
Unfortunately, our magazine is not available to read online yet. I'll let you know when it is! But for now I would just like to express my gratitude to all the wonderful members of my class that created this magazine and the professors that guided us. It was an unforgettable experience!
Ok, let me clear something up. I'm not calling you "average". I'm sure you make wonderful, unique self-portraits. In fact, I'm sure you're a special snowflake that just wants to be loved and appreciated. But right now I'd like to introduce you to a photographer named Michael Lewis that REALLY does take self-portraits most of us could only dream of.
Michael Lewis is a celebrity photographer based in Los Angeles. I enjoy looking at his work because most of his photographs have a distinct environment that add another element of interest, character, and intelligence to the image. Here's a few examples...
Now along with Celebrity Portraits, Michael also does self-portraits as well. They are also very well thought out with an editorial feel and theme.
But while all of these photographs are absolutely wonderful to experience, I have to say neither of these body's of work compelled me to write this blog post. The work I'm thinking of is something he's been working on for as long as his self- portrait projects, but they are not to be found on his website.
I was looking through my backlog of photo magazines when I came across an article in American Photo Magazine about his self-portraits that feature celebrities. Well, more like celebrity portraits that feature him. Apparently, whenever he photographs a subject, he jumps into the photo for a frame or two. The result? A crazy collection of self portraits that non-celebrity photographers could only dream of! Or really, anyone could dream of.
Yup, that's him and Jack Black. And here's Tina Fey.
And who wouldn't want a photo hanging out with the most interesting man in the world?
Maybe it's a bit silly to be so mesmerized by self-portraits that feature celebrities. I mean, they are just people, right? But it's kind of fun seeing two very talented people in the same photograph together. And it's interesting to see the person who created the photographs or "image" along side a person who is working hard to create there own metaphorical "image". I have no idea if I'll see more of these photographs floating around in magazines or on the web. After all, most celebrity managers probably don't want this to become a trend. But I still think it's cool to think about all the celebrity, self-portrait images this man will have at the end of the career. I would definitely be interested in seeing that body of work.
I have recently taken the time to update this website with the photography work I did over my last semester at RIT. And man does it feel good! I love taking out old, outdated photos and putting in new, fresh work. And I have to say, I really like some of the photos I created fall semester. The most important think I learned was that photographing things that you are interested in and passionate about is the best thing you can do for yourself. It's how your best work is created.
Just a quick, overview, I added an Environmental Cosplay section that features all the photos that I displayed in my previous blog post. I also added some new work to People and Conceptual. Now that school is over I hope to update this blog regularly with my work, inspiration, and any other fascinating topics I come across in the photography world. But enough talking for now, check out the work and let the photos speak for themselves!
So I've been scrambling this past month or so with a project that I have come to be very proud of. Last year I felt like my photography was more reactive than active. I didn't have time to do projects for myself, only for my classes. Well in Portfolio Development this year I was allowed to photograph whatever I wanted... anything. The sky was the limit. I had a large chunk of time to create work that I was proud of and that I would be proud to show to the world. (and my mom :) ) For a little while I had trouble thinking of a project. How could I go from structured assignments to absolute freedom? Well, I had to figure it out, and I chose... cosplay.
Ok, I'm not personally a cosplayer. I'm not even that much of a gamer/anime enthusiast/comic reader/fandom type person. I mean, I've seen Avatar the Last Air Bender and I used to play Nintendo 64 as a kid. But other than that and a dormant steam account that's about it. So why cosplay. Well... IT'S JUST SO INTERESTING. I mean, honestly. It's a very unique hobby that combines fashion, craftsmanship, and a passion for character and stories. I wanted to find people that cosplayed and figure out which character they dressed up as and why. Some people said they related to the characters that they cosplayed in and some people just thought it was fun to dress up. But no matter the reason my goal was to take cosplay portraiture and bring it to the next level. What if it looked like these people WERE the character? What if they were put in an environment where they could not only look like their character but act like it? These photos are the results of my work.
I'll be making a separate gallery on my website for them soon. My time at RIT is up in about a week so I'll be tweaking my website after I leave. But just because I'm no longer at RIT does not mean my work will slow down. I hope to update my blog and website even more after I graduate. Enjoy the Cosplay Craziness!
Lets talk about my friend Peter. Now whenever I talk about my friend Peter, it normally involves me mentioning something that he can do that I can't. (He's a computer/science guy and very athletic. In other words, things that I am not.) Today I want to talk about my friend Peter and the static trapeze.
Specifically that my friend Peter can do the static trapeze.
If you're not sure what that is, perhaps you have heard of the flying trapeze? You know, the swinging thing in the air that crazy circus people do? Well there's another type of trapeze that doesn't involve swinging and jumping. Static trapeze is when the rope is "static" and you do tricks by balancing and wrapping yourself around the rope and base. (See above photo for reference) This type of skill focuses more on strength, and form. It's quite difficult. I'm pretty sure Peter could throw me from one brick rooftop of RIT to the other, judging by the shape of his arm muscles.
I ended up photographing Peter for a project in my editorial class. (I'll post more about it later) The lovely Aerial Arts of Rochester was very kind in allowing me to use their space to photograph. It was quite the experience to see such a rare and difficult skill be presented in front of me. And I ended up with some wonderful photographs.
Oh, and if you're wondering how Peter became skilled at the static trapeze. Well it's a long story that ends with him becoming a certified circus instructor. But that's for another post...
For a while there, I thought I broke my boyfriend.
No, seriously, the day after I photographed him in the studio doing some of his cool taekwondo tricks, he could barely move. I had made him do kick after kick after kick for 3 hours. And not just a simple kick, but a jump-spin-round-house-kick. Naturally the next day he was pretty sore.
Luckily, we both love the photos that I took. It was really fun capturing the peak moments of action in each move. After a while though, we both looked at the photos and realized we were getting some cool photos that were not the peak action. And in some ways those looked even cooler. So I started trying to catch the "in between" moments. Which is REALLY HARD it turns out. Especially after you've trained your eye to capture a certain moment. Anyway, these photos are the results. Hopefully the next time I photograph him it won't end up being so painful for him... though I'm not making any promises.
A few weeks ago I did my first photoshoot that involved Cosplay. It was pretty fun and it was nice to meet everyone that I photographed.
Most cosplay costumes are made by hand by the Cosplayer which I think is really neat. I've always admired people that can make there own clothing but these costumes are often very elaborate and lots of thought and detail goes into them. I'm hoping to do more Cosplay photoshoots in the future. Perhaps with some new characters and some new locations!