Sunday, March 30, 2008

Eric in Air



This is another in the series of photos from the recent shoot with Eric.

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Eric in IR

This image is from the infra red film shot during the recent photo shoot with Eric.

Friday, March 21, 2008

Eric



One of the black and white film shots from last week's shoot with Eric. This one started from a statue as well -- one of Hercules bursting free of his chains -- but as Eric interpreted it, it took on a new form and a new feeling.

Saturday, March 15, 2008

Centaur



This is a digital image from a shoot today with Eric. This pose was a riff off statue -- not exactly like the position of the statue, but the same general idea.
As we shot a series of these with the same leg position it occured to me that the trailing leg reminded me of a centaur. As we worked with variations on this position we started to call it the centaur pose.

Monday, March 10, 2008

Processed Cheese

What is the dividing line between art and craft? At what point does a tool or technique interfere with artistic vision instead of enhancing it?

Ordinarily I avoid using the canned Photoshop filters to alter my images out of a sense that the result is cheesy, but nonetheless I found myself experimenting with a few of them on the work from my recent couples shoot.

The images in this week's blog use the "accented edges" filter.

I like the result, or I wouldn't be posting the pictures, but is it photographic art or is it just artistic design? I'm not sure.

The total effect can't be fully appreciated without looking at the enlarged images, so I recommend that you click on the images to see the image in the size I created it.

The filter creates a kind of painterly effect on photographs, as though someone had created them with black and white paint, narrowing the tonality creating the suggestion of three dimensional form by juxtaposing slightly lighter and darker sections of flat color on canvas.

But if one wanted that effect, maybe one should have done it with oil and canvas instead of creating a faux paint effect in Photoshop from a perfectly fine photograph.


Sunday, March 02, 2008

The Fourth Evil



This series of four images from a long ago photo shoot was meant to illustrate the three evils (See no evil; hear no evil; speak no evil) with a fourth evil (sexual senses) added to the first three.

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