Welcome to Folly Beach

 Posted by on March 13, 2019
Mar 132019
 

Some exciting news… A photograph of mine was recently purchased to be used on the “welcome” sign as you drive into Folly Beach! I feel honored to have my work featured at my favorite South Carolina beach.

This shot was done all in-camera, no Photoshop. I am using a Pixelstick by Bitbanger Labs which allows you to add graphics to a long exposure by walking through the image while the 6-foot device flashes dots of color… It takes some practice, but the results are eye-catching.

Lecture: Photo & Art

 Posted by on March 6, 2019
Mar 062019
 

I will be giving a presentation on Wednesday, March 13th called “Photography In The Arts” to the 21st Century Photography Group. I enjoy these talks and plan to cover a lot of visual material. It is a slideshow featuring dozens of artists using our medium in ways I find to be genius, inventive, eye-catching, or just downright WEIRD.

This talk is one of my favorites because it shows a LOT of creative work. Just to name a few, we will be talking about the works of: Hiroshi Sugimoto, Annie Leibovitz, Cindy Sherman, Francesca Woodman, Jerry Uelsmann, and many more!

Painting Of Patches

 Posted by on March 2, 2019
Mar 022019
 

I typically only post works by myself here, but today is a special occasion to share a painting by an amazing artist in Pennsylvania, Maria Grzybowski. This is Patches, a pet rabbit that has given me so many fun and cute memories over the past nearly ten years. Sadly, he recently lost his battle with cancer.

Today, I received this painting in the mail. This is not just some bunny in paint, this is 100% Patches. I have no words to express how happy this makes me… Maria specializes in themes of nature and animals. HERE is a link to her website. Check out her work, and if you have a pet that is or was close to your heart, I highly recommend her pet portraits.

Photo Mandalas

 Posted by on February 28, 2019
Feb 282019
 

I have been creating these circular mandalas from photographs, and recently had an epiphany… Why don’t I bring the imagery from Photoshop into Illustrator and dress it up a bit with some graphic design? Not sure why I just thought of this, but I’m glad I did. This is my first trial at the combination.

Tessellated Triangles

 Posted by on February 20, 2019
Feb 202019
 

As I continue to blend photography with geometry, I wanted to share some progress. I am creating a series of Photoshop Actions to assist me in turning photographs into patterns. I use Adobe Illustrator to calculate the precise geometry, then Adobe Photoshop to crop images into triangles and rotate them around a single point until they create a seamless tessellated pattern.

Here are some visual examples. I began with a photograph of textures in the sand at the beach near my house. First is 4 triangles, then 6. The more sides it has, the less of the original photograph is visible, however more repetitious detail is relieved. After creating 100 sides, someone challenged me to go farther, so I developed a process that splits and image SO thin that all you get are pixels of color going around in a circle. I call it “Infinity”.

Digital Abstract Painting

 Posted by on February 13, 2019
Feb 132019
 

Abstract painting? Wait, those are pixels!… I am always trying to find new ways to use (and abuse) Adobe Photoshop. I recently developed a process where I distort a photograph into itself multiple times in multiple directions. I distort a photograph into itself multiple times in multiple directions.

Many are complete failures, but once in a while one turns out looking like a beautiful, emotional abstract painting (a category of art that I love). Using this process I can create organic and complex backgrounds and textures… These were two photographs of flowers.

Photography & Vectors

 Posted by on February 7, 2019
Feb 072019
 

The best part of having multiple interests is finding ways to combine them. As a graphic designer I love working with vectors in Adobe Illustrator, but what about my passion for photography? Thankfully, in the digital world, everything can coexists in one way or another.

I photographed an interesting looking tree and converted it to vectors in Illustrator. I then cleaned it up, modified parts, added a swing, then designed an entire scene surrounding it… It’s nice knowing that that creativity has no bounds.

Charleston Palmetto Sunset

 Posted by on January 30, 2019
Jan 302019
 

Straight photography is a skill, there is no doubt about that, but many times it really is simply about being at the right place, at the right time, and having the ability to see the shot before you even lift your camera… This was one of those moments.

I was out on a walk and noticed a palmetto tree in just the right spot. I knew that if I walked far back into White Point Garden, I could align part of the sky directly behind the tree. Basically, by changing your location you can literally move the sky. I then zoomed in with my 200mm and exposed for the sky to create a silhouette… This simple image truly represents how I feel about Charleston living. (and 2000+ people on Facebook agree!)

Fake Lunar Eclipse

 Posted by on January 21, 2019
Jan 212019
 

Last night was the Super Blood Wolf Moon. Silly photographers were up late, standing outside in the cold for hours trying to snap the best Lunar Eclipse photograph, and I’m over here like – I know Photoshop.

I’m just kidding around, of course. I went out many times and it was a beautiful sight… Still, this post begs the question – What if I wasn’t honest? Imagine if I said this was my shot. I photographed the full moon through a telescope, so the detail is amazing. No one would think I was lying. It is hard to know what is real these days.

Vintage Film Cameras

 Posted by on January 17, 2019
Jan 172019
 

Being a photographer shouldn’t end at simply taking pictures. You should be obsessed with your medium. Where did it all start? What was a photographer like years ago? How did it feel before everything was digital and automated and almost errorless?

Years ago, I developed somewhat of a habit in buying old cameras, but I also made it a goal to shoot with every one… Digital is great, but the “feeling” you get when you look down into a TLR, or extend the bellows of a Kodak, or pull the sheet out of a Polaroid – that “feeling” is why I really love photography.

The Dreaming State