What's in a look?There is this revitalized 'movement' to use old methods to create new photographs.Early photography with tintypes and glass plates were replaced by the portable 4x5 cameras, plastic films, later the 35mm roll film and inta photography that you could put in your pocket. Polaroid's were thrown into the mix as well. Then the digital revelation came and its been about instant gratification and sharing of images all over the world in the blink of an eye. Even phone apps have been designed to mimic these old style to give a 'look' of an old process. All this stuff is fascinating on an intellectual level even though nearly all reactions to an image are had and over with as fast as your thumb can scroll to the next image. I recently began looking for new ways to make images for my clients using the higher quality 16 megapixel camera with the filters on my phone. I even tried to download a blank tintype to my computer just to use it as a background to layer in my images. Just for the 'look.' But then i got to thinking about this even further(the mind can surly occupy your time if you let it!) and I beginning thinking about the deconstruction of the image in order to create a new image. This is always fascinating to me and it comes from my experience as a painter--always taking my ideas from thought, to paper, to more paper and eventually to canvas. All the while deconstructing the original thought and perhaps societal 'norms' So with this idea of making these images in this way isn't to fool, but more create something based on the look and just be honest about it--in many ways its more work to do this, though much more controlled and lacking the serendipity of the real process! Photograph
Lila is a senior at Meadville High School and she recently returned from a study abroad in France. So, we were looking to make a French-like portrait of her. We drove all over Crawford County making pictures. I'm thinking that a picture down by the river, with a bandana and a black leather jacket looks sorta kinda French, What do you think?
Photo By: Harmony Motter
Hi Guys! It's been awhile since I've posted. I have been a busy bee lately! So, I'm having a photo show this Summer and some of my pix will cover the topic of breastfeeding. I know my thoughts on the subject and I am wondering what yours are. So, if you're in the mood to share, I'd like to know what you think. Would you prefer formula or breast milk for your baby and why? Do you feel uncomfortable when you see a mom nursing in public? Is there a certain age at which you think a child should stop nursing? Were you breastfed?
Photos By: Harmony Motter