Monday, March 21, 2011

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Friday, March 18, 2011

iPhone Self Portraits

I used to do a lot more self portraits. There was a period of time, about 13 years ago, when that was almost all I ever shot. Partly because I was always an available model for myself and partly because I had a lot of personal stuff I wanted to express. Self portraiture is usually a pretty personal thing, but like all art, once it's created it should be shared. Or else, why bother?

I've been taking a lot of photos with my phone lately. I think I may use it more as a camera than I use it as a phone. It is just as addictive as my first polaroid. There are several photo apps that I play with quite often, but my favorite (hands down) is Instagram. AND it's free. You can't beat free. Not even with a stick. What I like so much about Instragram is how easy it is to create an emotion/set a mood with one little touch of a button. All the shots below were taken with my iPhone and processed in Instagram:

The one below was shot with my phone, (you may notice the one pic is the same as the last one above) but processed in Photoshop. This little dyptich was inspired by Florence and the Machine's Girl With One Eye. I was simultaneously playing the song on my phone while I was shooting the photos. Seriously. You gotta love technology.

Thursday, March 10, 2011

Give me your Forever...

Today is my 10 year anniversary. It's amazing how quickly ten years have passed. That's a good sign, I suppose. When you're happy, there never seems to be enough time.

I thought I would share the anniversary card I have been working on. The photography was done by Charles Wells on color film. That's right, F.I.L.M. Kickin it old school.

Anyway, I scanned these in and manipulated them a bit. I know most photographers do not like it when people do that to their work, but since they are pictures of me I feel alright about it. I was going for a fairytale feel since that was a big theme of our wedding AND since I'm a big mushy mush.

The first one is the one that made the final cut -  mainly because this photo was a very genuine moment for us. We were literally just married and had walked down the aisle and around the corner, away from everyone. It was our first moment alone (or so we thought) as husband and wife. I'm fond of this picture for two reasons: 1. Because I remember this moment vividly, a decade later. 2. Because I love photos of people when they are unaware they are being photographed.

Here is the other one I was working on. Again, going for that storybook mood, but it seemed to turn out more like a tintype from the Civil War or something! While I love tintypes, they always feel a little creepy to me. And creepy isn't really the message one should be sending in an anniversary card.