Excited to see several of my photos used in the 9/11/16 issue of Buffalo magazine. They accompany an article about Ellen Rosenfeld's home-staging business, written by Jana Eisenberg.
In early 2015, I was invited to create an exhibition of my photography—and somehow I forgot to blog about it until now (yeah, I know—total fail!). My goal in this series was to contrast the lines and shapes of the natural and built environments. You can click through to http://shapedphotos.tumblr.com/ for all the details and a virtual tour of the work.
For the past couple of weeks, I've had the pleasure of editing and designing a new book by Russian commercial photographer Irakly Shandize (http://www.shanidze.com/). His surreal take on a street-photography style is fascinating—and his text (about how great photography inherently relies on deception to tell the truth) is thought-provoking to say the least. Shandize reveals how intuitive response, psychology, technology, and conscious design can all be effectively interwoven as we, in the mindset of "makers," manipulate the story we present to viewers. In his words:
"A photographer and a camera standing between the viewer and reality inevitably distort the latter, intentionally or not. The individual features of photographer’s perception and technical limitations of his equipment make him do things that may eventually make a picture look very different from how a viewer would see the same scene with their naked eye. Consequently, a photographer who is not aware of his inherent ability to distort reality can ruin a picture simply by taking it. Good photographers understand aforementioned constraints and use them to deliberately adjust the level of truthfulness in their pictures."
The book is available for pre-order on Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Photography-Deception-Reveal-Truth-Deceiving/dp/168203092X
Just getting started editing several hours of photos showcasing a project by ReVamp Home Staging, a Buffalo, NY, company that focuses on using creative, repurposed materials in their interior designs. For me, that meant plenty of cute antiques to photograph! Even in a huge old home like this, capturing the scale of the space can be a challenge; a wide-angle lens produces too much distortion but you can't get back far enough (there are, after all, WALLS to contend with) to use a telephoto. These are a few closer vignettes that were easy-peasy with a fast portrait lens. Wider views to follow as I finish the edit!
Product photography for a Buffalo, NY, designer—with a vintage map digitally superimposed in the background. A quick trick with layer modes in Adobe Photoshop!