Monday, May 29, 2017

Diet and Exercise

Some more collages from the Diet and Exercise series, which I've been working on sporadically for around the past year and a half. These three were made late last Fall.

Sunday, May 28, 2017

Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Female Gaze

The Female Gaze Collage, 2017

Sunday, April 16, 2017

Diet and Exercise

Here's a couple collages from Diet and Exercise, a series I've been working on and off with for a few months now.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Photo Adjustments

Deep Fried Lobster
Chicago, March 2017

North Beach
San Francisco, 2013

We Buy Gold
Chicago, 2017

Post production is a necessary part of working in digital Photography, akin to darkroom work in film Photography. Just as in darkroom work, there isn't a right or wrong way to process any photo. It's more a question of finding what works and how you want the photo to look. I've been experimenting with creative and nonstandard photo adjustments for a while now. I'm basically going beyond what I would normally do when post processing a photo, trying various visual effects, etc. It varies from photo to photo. Sometimes, the manipulations are pretty minor. Other times, there is a lot of manipulation, even if the end result may be somewhat subtle. I've also made a few which are heavily manipulated (and look like it), and some that are pretty close to (but not quite) collage.
Here are a couple recently adjusted photos. The one in the middle has the most adjustment, it was kind of a crappy photo to start, but I liked it, and wanted to see if I could do something to make it work. The top and bottom ones were shot a few days ago, when an unexpected snowstorm hit Chicago.

Sunday, January 1, 2017

Lenscratch 2016 Favorite PhotoExhibition

Lenscratch is a really great photo blog. Every year, they have an open call for people to submit their favorite photo of the year.
They just published this year's exhibition. I have a photo there, it's in the middle of page four. Take a look at all the entries, there's a lot of great work in a wide variety of subjects and styles.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

My Favorite Photo 2016

Carniceria, Lima Peru 2016

I just submitted this photo to Lenscratch. Lenscratch is a really great photo blog, full of really interesting photographic work. They do open submissions several times a year, and their current one asks for the favorite photo you shot this year.

This is my favorite from this year. I shot it on the last day of an amazing vacation in Peru this summer. It was shot in Mercado Centro, a huge market hall near Chinatown in Lima's old city center full of narrow hallways crowded with vendors selling all sorts of foodstuffs.

The day I shot this happened to be Fiestas Patrias, the Peruvian national Independence Day. It was also inauguration day for Peru's newly elected president. About 25 feet away from this booth, there was a tv hanging from the ceiling that was broadcasting the inauguration ceremony live (the ceremony was actually occurring just a few blocks away).  The butcher was so intently watching the inauguration on the distant tv that I don't think he even noticed me snapping his photo.

Lenscratch will publish their best of the year exhibition on Jan. 1. I'll post links here when it does (assuming my work is there-I actually submitted this a day late!).