REmixALina Fashion Video

REmixALina is a new kind of video for me – a fashion art piece in collaboration with actress and model Alina Lee.  The music is a thing I created way back in 2014, and I’m thrilled that somehow it all gelled together.  Remix and collage culture is the largest artistic influence on me- greater than pop art and surrealism.  The title, “REmixALina” was the result of leaving the caps lock on and then paying tribute to a hidden intention.

Fashion videos are of a huge interest to me currently!  Any fashion videos anyone wants to recommend to me?

 

 

Retouching Faces in Adobe Photoshop + Lightroom – a Skillshare class

This week’s addition to my Skillshare tutorial channel is Retouching Portraits in Photoshop and Lightroom.  It’s easily the most requested topic I get for the classes I teach in person.

In any portrait photography, it’s a give that there will be some facial retouching to make your subjects look their best. This Skillshare course cover the basics of both Adobe Photoshop and Lightroom for retouching skin, enhancing eyes, color correction and more!

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New music video – Satyr Comma, “Anticipation Ties The Knot”

Produced in the sweltering days of August where all photoshoots take place in water.  I did this for Phoenix electronic act Satyr Comma with model Lacheln using the Fuji X-T1 for the above water stuff and my GoPro Hero Black 4 for anything underwater.  Since Jessie (singer for Satyr Comma) makes jewelry, this doubled as a fashion video for her creations.

Water Baby – underwater fashion with GoPro

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While shooting at the Frank Ockenfels Palm Springs Photo Fest workshop, Frank challenged us to do things we had never tried before- stay away from our usual methods of photographing.  I realized I had always avoided using my small cameras for still work, relying on my current Fuji X-T1 and all previous incarnations of DSLR/ Mirrorless to do the heavy lifting during my shoots.  When I started using the smaller instax mini camera last year and taking the shooting seriously, the interest in that work dramatically shot up, so I decided this was a good opportunity to seriously try to get some cool still images out of another kind of camera, my GoPro Hero Black 4.  DCIM100GOPROG0451755.

We had a hotel in Indio rented for the day and access to the pool.  Typically you’ll get a model who wants to do underwater, but no pool, or have a pool but no photography allowed.  DCIM100GOPROG0431751.

The GoPro transmits images to your phone while you are shooting via wi-fi, but my phone was so close to death that I basically shot blind.  You can shoot 30 frames at once at 12mp, so it’s not quite the crap shoot as it sounds.DCIM100GOPROGOPR1743. DCIM100GOPROG0361738. DCIM100GOPROG0161714.This last one is from my usual Fuji X-T1, backup in case nothing from the GoPro came out.  Since we naturally spend a lot of time in and around water during the Arizona summers, I’m already lining up as many underwater shoots as I can fit in a schedule!hotel day pspf (456 of 482)

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Twisted Instax

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These images are from a set of Fuji instax minis (half Polaroids basically) that I shot in Indio, California.  The model’s hair and dress texture made these images absolutely come together in a way that felt amazing to see developing.  All effects are in-camera.PSPF1 4

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New Exhibit at ASU Gammage

show flierFrom January 22-March 5 I have a solo exhibition at Arizona State University’s Gammage Auditorium.  It’s the kind of venue that hosts Broadway shows and isn’t always open to the public outside of show times, but ASU was my alma mater and with 3000 attendees per night at those shows, I’m very proud to be on display.

I chose 14 pieces that spanned 2010-2014, were family friendly, and for the large part hadn’t been part of previous exhibits locally.  This included some relatively old images, like this one of model Lacheln or the representation of Medusa as body painted by artist Jamie Graden on model Angel Lin.

2015-01-26 10.23.11One of my favorite things to do is put on a photo show, but I’ve always struggled with aesthetic of large framed flat pieces as wall art.  One of my 2015 goals is to have shows that have a variety of experiences and formats- for example, laser cut mirrored acrylic pieces, my custom view masters for patrons to check out the work, video art projection, and so on.  Some of my more recent art table experiences have been like this and I can say with certainty that patrons remember and enjoy experiences with unusual presentation of images more than they do with flat prints.  The flat prints almost feel like ancillary souvenirs of the experience rather than the actual art in itself.

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Jigsaw Kelly – How It Got Made

“Jigsaw Kelly” is a recent piece I made that blends two puzzles together based on photos I took with model Kelly Eden, mua Brittany Moody and hair stylist Laura Buenrostro. Two convenient Egyptian hairless cats were prominently featured. I have to admit when I shot this I had no idea if it would work, but the company I made the puzzles with- Shutterfly- had an online preview of the puzzles that showed how the “cut” remained the same on both images.

The assemblage of the individual puzzles took about 4 hours, with the second one being much easier because I could overlay segments. The final gestalt puzzle was more difficult because the many of the cuts weren’t exactly the same- so pieces that looked like they should fit wouldn’t- and also because it required careful removal of individual pieces from the interior of the finished puzzles.