Tuesday, April 14, 2015


 Fine Art Portraits
Fine art portraiture is very interesting to me. As we learned about it in class, I bagan to understand how portraiture is able to bring emphasis to the simple subtlties within people (or animals), and highlight they're uique and beautiful qualities. Within the photographs below, I worked with lighting and shadows to make two very different portraits, that I feel are great representations of fine art. 

Commercial Portraits
Commercial portraits are similar to fine art in some instances, however they convey different feeling, and ideas. The images below are my take on photographs that could be seen on the front page of a magazines rather than in a gallery. I made sure to take photographs that were less edgy, and could apply to a universal variety of things. 

Sunday, April 12, 2015

Portraiture Pre Work

Fine Art Portraiture 
The images below are some of my favorite examples of fine art portraiture. My interest in these photos stem from their creative nature as well as their stunning composition. I particularly like these images because they use variations in textures and lighting to add character to the people they use as subjects.  The use of tools like poses, hand gestures and skin complexions contribute to shape the way the audience perceives each image and the characters within them. Within both of these works, the viewer is able to make inferences, create ideas and read a unique story told by each photograph. 

Lee Jeffries 
    Eric Lafforgue

I consider the magazine covers below to be successfully composed and well done. I specifically like how they use shapes and background colors that complement the subjected people and clothing in each image. By doing this, each cover is visually appealing and attention grabbing in its own unique way. The way that the foreground and background interact with each other  contributes to make each magazine look enticing sleek. I also like how these covers are able to incorporate art within news and media.

There are many similarities and differences shared between fine art and magazine portraiture. Successful examples of fine are portraits  convey a specific feelings and usually seem as though they would fit in under the lights of an art gallery. Why similar expressions can be found in magazine portraiture, most examples of this incorporate studio based - artificial feelings that lack creativity and character (characteristics that are found within fine art).

Thursday, March 19, 2015


This image is an emulation of the famous painting "Golconda" by René Magritte. I decided to emulate this painting because I saw potential for creativity, and an opportunity to modernize a pice of classic art. I had little reasoning for incorporating umbrellas as the subject for this image, other then that I thought they would leave room for viewer interpretation. The background is a photo  taken above the clouds in central Oregon. I particularly like this image because of both its general aesthetic, and its lack of concrete structure. To me, this photograph fully embodies the concept of surrealism in that it is a portrayal of my inner creativity, and is not restricted by any rules or guidelines.  

Monday, March 16, 2015

Pre Work


Surrealism is an art form that manages to captivate the essence of human creativity. It is expressed through a wide variety of rule-less and unique pieces that evoke strong feelings and connections. Its unexpired popularity stems from peoples desire to understand and interpret the sub conscious portrayals from artists who are able to use images effectively in this unique style.

Surrealism first made its mark on history in the early 20th century, during which time iconic individuals such as Max Ernst, Salvador Dali and André breton began to catalyse surrealistic art and display it for mass audiences. Today, they have inspired the thriving following of contemporary surrealistic art, and their influence continues to be shown through the work of thousands. 

Max Ernst

Max Ernst was a German born artist who helped inspire the surrealist movement by attacking traditional art through his unique style of work. Ernst's paintings have helped inspire many over their many decades of existence, and are relevant to this day. Max Ernst Biography

René Magritte
René Magritte is one of the most well known surrealist artists in history. I personally took great interest in his reoccurring theme of human distortion, and the idea that humanity is not defined by its outer appearance. Magritte is most acclaimed for his ability to use imagery to provoke thoughts and ask questions of the viewers 


Monday, March 9, 2015

Alternative Process Research

The daguerreotype process, formally known as daguerreotypy, was one of the most prevalent photographic processes of the 19th century. Originally, this process was done over an extended period of time, and incorporated the use of silver plated copper and developing chemicals. Under this method, photographers would expose a treated plate in a camera for any given amount of time, so that it would be subject to sunlight. They would then treat the plates with chemical fumes to help yield a clear image. However today, most daguerreotypes are done by photographers trying to mimic the nostalgic time period associated with this particular process. By nature, daguerreotypes are metallic images that often convey the stereotypical "old feeling". In this project, we used digital resources such as photoshop to mimic daguerreotypy within digital images. 

Similarly to daguerreotype process, cyanotypes reached their peak of popularity in the mid 19th century. This process originally incorporated many intricate steps and resources. The basis of this process can be landmarked by its signature blue and white values, and visible brush strokes left on the specific surface it was printed on. Cyanotypes are often very interesting images in their ability to provide transform and simplify images on a fundamental level

Sunday, March 8, 2015

Alternative Process through Digital Means

Each of the photographs below are examples of images that have been transformed through the use of the alternative process. Examples of their original, unedited counterparts can be seen in the blog post below.

This image is a depiction of a sunset over a frozen lake in northern Michigan. I decided to make this specific image a daguerrotype because I felt that the cold and somber composition of the photograph complemented the smooth, metallic characteristics of this specific alternative process. After editing this image in such an explicit way, the photo was entirely transformed, and began to portray a completely different feeling. I particularly like the premise of the daguerreotype because it gives any given photograph a new character, and erases the controlling concept of time and exposer from an image. 

Gum Bichromate:
I took this image hoping to capture the silhouette of the Fremount bridge from its east side. After seeing the result, I decided to edit this image by using the gum bichromate process. I made the decision to use this process because I saw the potential it had to transform the image, and enable it to convey such surreal colors and textures. I decided to use both light and dark colors to bring attention to the shadows of the images subjects. Overall, I was very happy with the outcome of this photograph, and its ability to represent my ability in perfecting the alternative process. 

Similar to the image above, this photograph uses the subject of a popular Portland bridge, (the hawthorne), as the main attention grabber in my attempt to create a cyanotype. I enjoy the general composition and aesthetic of this image, and the way that the editing technique was able to enhance the image properties so profoundly. Specifically, the way that the brush strokes are held in comparison to the texture of the river and the dark shadow of the bridge.

Other Alternative Process Images of Interest:


Alternative Process: Original Unedited Images

Original Images:
These images are the raw, unedited images prior to their transformation under the alternative process. Each of these photographs have been transformed in a unique way through alternative digital editing. Other variations of these images can be seen in the post above. 

Monday, February 23, 2015

Project 6

This image depicts several shots of bare tree branches overlooking the Willamette river. By layering these multiple images together, I was able to transform what was a boring image into an interesting web of of shadows and lines. The contrast in shades is emphasized by the constant grey background, and the multiple layers of the same subject. I especially like this image because it takes a cold, lifeless subject and transforms it into an intricate body of life. This image exemplifies the power of multiple exposer layers, and displays its ability to transform scenery.   

This HDR is an explicit example of how layering exposers can create a surreal feeling within any given image. I especially like this piece because it takes a fairly normal depiction of the St. Johns bridge, and gives it a science fiction type of feel. The outlines of many subjects are lined with a frost like overcast, that creates a greater contrast when compared to darker shadows. The lush green grass is contrasted to the frosty cold hills above the bridge, however they share a common theme of surrealism. 

This Panorama consists of singular images of the Hawaiian sunset, that were than stitched together using photoshop. I especially like this image because of the way the color shifts from orange to blue as you read across the image from left to right. The clouds overhead reflect individual moods, however when held next to each other they seem to flow together like a river. This image is in keeping with the common theme of surrealism, and uses the natural colors of the landscape to convey two contrasting feelings.   

Other Photos of Interest: 


HDR (1)
Multiple Exposer