I noticed a collection of interesting old trucks and other rural artifacts in various colors on the side of the road on the drive to work. One day, I decided to pull off the road and take some photos of the trucks. As I started taking pictures, I saw the owner coming toward me. As I was getting ready to flee, I heard him call to me to bring my car into his driveway and come into the yard to get a closer look. Now, I’m not one to turn down a golden opportunity like that! Because of his generosity, I was able to get some interesting close-ups of the vehicles. This series is a result of that photo session.
I took a photo of a flying seagull on the Lake Michigan shoreline of Port Washington Wisconsin while spending a spare hour waiting for an artist reception to begin. I filed the photo away hoping to do something interesting with it someday. I was at a critique session at the Frank Juarez Gallery showing my "On Eagle's Wing" photo when the challenge was presented. "I'd like to see how this would look with a real bird". I recalled having taken this photo so I went to work creating several variations. I found this photo lent itself especially well to creative variations. I kept several of the variations for possible exhibition and present several others here. I'd love to know which ones you like best. My final pick will be part of the "Views and Visions: Alternate Realities" exhibit at Frank Juarez Gallery from January 3 to February 9.
One day I found that I was added to a new Facebook photography group named Collaborations. This innovative new group, started by photographer Alon Goldsmith, asked that iPhoneographers around the world post their photos and ask that other members of the group "re-app" them. This would create a collaboration between the original photographer and the artist using iOS apps to modify the original photo to reflect a new vision. Below you will find a collection of original images along with the re-imagined version and the name of the artist that collaborated with me. All original photos in this collection are mine. Some of my original photos had already been processed and some are straight from the camera. Click on the image below to view the image at a larger size.
One of the most recognizable building on the Silver Lake College is the “Church on the Hill”, the Generose Enrichment Center. This converted church is named after the first college president, Mother Generose Cahill. My first photo of the building, (seen at the left) titled “Generose” is a Hipstamatic photo, enhanced with two other iPad apps to add the aged background and the golden shafts of light coming from the steeple. For my second photo, “The Old Church” I took a very different approach. This former church, like many others, has a cemetery at the front of the building and many large shade trees. This photo was taken immediately after a snowstorm. The lack of leaves on the tree and the double-image effect provided by the Hipstamatic app added an interesting look that has been called “both beautiful and terrifying at the same time”. There can be no greater compliment! I’m honored that “The Old Church” has been included on the Hipstamatic Sardinia commemorative poster and in the Bosco Divinoexhibit at the Cave of Villa Scopoli, Verona, Italy. “The Old Church” can currently be seen at the Silver Lake College exhibit that runs through November 30.
I've always enjoyed exploring those massive interior spaces, you know, like the kind found at big city museums and places like that. Because of this, I can never pass up an opportunity to visit the Milwaukee Art Museum. This place was designed from the ground up to be as majestic as possible. Everything from the parking garage to the main theater reflects the repeating patterns and shapes that Santiago Calatrava designed into the building. As much as I enjoy looking at the art, I equally enjoy exploring the space around the art. I also find that the art museum is a great place to photograph people. Those that know me, already know that I rarely integrate images of people into my personal work, but the amazing space of the museum allow me to capture people interacting with this beautiful environment. Here’ a collection of photos shot at the museum, mostly black and white, all shot with the iPhone.
Back in June, I received a call from a co-worker that began “I hear you like to photograph unusual things…” Now, I’ll admit, I can’t resist an invitation like that. She went on to explain that there is an unusual, colorful moth parked outside the main door to the dorms. After my arrival on the scene, I discovered that she was correct. This moth was parked and wasn’t moving. I was actually able to get close-up photos with the iPhone without scaring the creature away. I did get some interesting pictures but I wasn’t able to get the moth to fully spread his wings. OK, for those that know me, my usual rapport with animals is “we keep our distance from each other and everyone is happy” so I didn’t try too hard. After a spirited discussion at lunch about the little guy, we returned to the scene quite surprised to find the moth still present. This group of onlookers included one of our college Vice Presidents who is very skilled in dealing with animals and was able to get him to fully spread his wings (the moth, not the VP). Later, we tried to determine the species of moth which our science department identified as a “Polyphemus”. If you disagree with the species of moth, or just enjoyed reading about our little caper, please let me know in the comments below.
Construction is set to begin on the new Music Education and Performance center at Silver Lake College. The contractor is bringing in large earth moving equipment just waiting to roll when the word is given. A field filled with dormant construction machines seemed like a great opportunity for some photography. This series represents mostly close-ups of the machines showing texture and bits of earth that still remain in the gears and works of the equipment.
I thought that photography would be a smarter choice than climbing on the equipment, making bulldozer noises and pretending to dig a hole. Now that I think of it, maybe I’ll do that tomorrow…
Some people have fun at the county fair by going on rides and playing midway games. For me, I had fun taking new pictures, although I’ll admit I wasn’t opposed to a cob of corn or some cheese nuggets.
All of the photos in this series were taken with an iPhone. I still did some post editing, but used only Macintosh apps for this series, no iOS apps or Photoshop artistic filters. That’s why this series represents a major departure from “The Garden” and a return to the techniques that I’ve previously used.
All photos are from the Manitowoc County Fair, August 22, 2012. I welcome your comments on the photos.
Daisy © 2012
The Garden is a new series of photographs that I have been developing over the Summer. They are archive shots of flowers taken mostly with my Canon D-SLR. The series has also motivated me to revisit using Photoshop filters after a discussion with several Digital Artists at the JMKAC Mid-Summer Festival of the Arts. This series uses Photoshop filters as a starting point and then I build on them using iPad Apps.Click on each of the photos to view them at a larger size. Please let me know what you think in the comments section below. I welcome your input on this new series.
Many people have asked me if “iPhoneography” is a word that I invented. Although I’d love to take credit for the creation of the word, it has been in use since the original iPhone 2G made photography with a cellular phone a reality. Wikipedia defines iPhoneography as “the art of creating photos with an Apple iPhone. It's a style of mobile photography that differs from other forms of digital photography in that images are shot and processed on the iOS device.”
Many uses have been found for iPhoneography images;
Many purists believe that iPhoneography images should be both shot and edited with only an iPhone. Personally, if I had my choice of editing on a 3.5 inch iPhone screen or a computer screen, I’ll always go for the larger screen. I guess my “purist” days are over. iPads are also useful for editing images using the same apps that are available on the iPhone.
Additional resources for iPhoneography can be found in the excellent book, “The Art of iPhoneography” A Guide to Mobile Creativity. Also check out the online iPhoneography blog to learn more.