The room is an image from the Metropolitan Museum of Art and inspired me to do this piece. I added the landscape as a mural which is an image I took at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut. The sky is a combination of sky images and textures. The woman is a vintage photograph from “The Sum of All Crafts” and the Ouija board I photographed at an abandoned mental hospital. The symbols and writing on the walls I added in along with a few other little details.
Enjoy your Memorial Day and remember those who serve and have served our country.
I found this great watercolor portrait by John Henry Brown called “Portrait of a Young Man.” It is part of the open access collection on the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s website. I, of course, had to change it up a bit. The background was photographed at an abandoned school I visited with Abandoned America. The little house is from a flea market and the spider on his shoulder is courtesy of Pixelsquid. I really like the way the blue hallway with red numbers framed the young boy. It added a graphic feel to a rather creepy image!
I found this wonderful portrait by James Peale of Richard Thomas II in the Open Access program at the Metropolitan Museum of art. You can see the original here. I added a landscape I photographed at Rockefeller along with some cloud textures from Photomorphis. The house was a great dollhouse I photographed at the Brimfield Antique Show. Bees are from Pixelsquid through Photoshop. I made some bee brushes from them to place in the background and on the house. I added the old frame surrounding it since I didn’t like the original.
“Till the stars had run away” from the poem Brown Penny by William Butler Yeats.
I stumble upon this beautiful portrait “Portrait of a Young Lady” on the National Gallery website. The painter is anonymous but they do know he was a follower of Leonardo da Vinci. It was painted around 1500. I decided to work with the portrait and create a new piece of digital art. The background stars were created in Photoshop, her necklace was created from a texture in IColorama. I just liked the star part so I cut them out and placed them around her neck. The red panic button earring I photographed with my IPhone X at abandoned Turbuclosis Hospital as well as the image of the building on her face and hair. I worked with the image first on my IPad using IColorama, Circular App, and Leonardo. I then brought it back into Photoshop on my computer to make the color and lighting adjustments.
I was out in Pennsylvania last weekend on an Abandoned America trip. On my way back I found this place with old vintage buildings. I photographed this with my IPhone X using the Hipstamatic app (John S lens and BlacKeys Supergrain film). It was the perfect old haunted house. I love the lightning rods on top!
I was up in Newport, RI this past week and took a beautiful walk along Cliff Walk. The daffodils were out and I photographed this beautiful mansion with the Hipstamatic App on my iPhone X. I did most of the processing on my IPad Pro using Distressed Textures and Decim8. I brought into photoshop to add a few more touches.
I have two images being shown as part of an exhibit at the Atelier Gallery in Newport, RI from May 5 to May 25.
“Hey Babe, Take a Walk on the Wild Side” from the song “Walk on the Wild Side” by Lou Reed.
This image is composed of a photograph I had taken in New York City and an old fashion illustration. I did most of the processing on my iPad Pro using the IColorama and Leonardo to change the fabric on the dress to graffiti I had photographed in an abandoned New York asylum. My goal was to play around with a cartoon strip effect. The cartoon effect is using Cartoon2Comics and Pow Strip Design. Just playing around and having fun!
“Darkness on the Edge of Town” lyrics by Bruce Springsteen
I photographed this down in the SOHO area of New York City using my IPhone X and the hipstamatic app. I loved the dark look and this woman reminded of a witch standing near a church so I couldn’t resist.
“I am a forest and a night of dark trees” from a quote by Friedrich Nietzsche
I had been working on this one for awhile. I had originally worked on the vintage image of the woman with the horse for another project that I hit a wall on. I decided to play with distorting the horse and woman and then using the glitch app, Dicem8, as well as IColorama to give some strange effects. 90% of this image was processed on my iPad and the remaining 10% in Photoshop. The landscape background is one photographed with my IPhone.
“From the Other World I Come to You” from The Poor Ghost by Christine Rossetti
This is a combination of work done in Photoshop on my computer combine with Iphoneography and processing on my iPad. The vintage woman and landscape was processed in Photoshop on my computer. The landscape was photographed at Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York and the vintage image was colorized by me. I composited the vintage image into the landscape using Photoshop. The flowers were photographed with my iPhone using the Hipstamatic app at John Jay Homestead in Katonah, New York. I brought the Photoshop Image into several apps on my Pad to produce the torn paper look down the middle.
“I Trust You To Translate My Whispers” from Before the Music Ends by Sandra Fowler
This image was created on my IPad Pro using a landscape I photographed at Baxter Preserve with my IPhone X. and a vintage woman photograph I colorized and retouched. I used a lot of apps on this one, Diana, Decim8, IColorama, Snapseed and more. I just sit and play with the image until I get something that I like. I like the surreal look to this and the graphic squares just pushed it a little more that way. It is both surreal and romantic.
“The Girl with Kaleidoscope Eyes” from the lyrics Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds by Lennon-McCartney.
This is one of my IPhonography images. I photographed the building in NYC in the Tribeca area with my IPhone X and fell in love with the topography on it “Brush Up Business with Paint, Paste, Paper, Push”. The woman is a vintage image I colorized and retouched. She is actually sitting in a landscape I photographed at my friend, Rich Lewis’ workshops, in the Pine Barrens. I use a couple of great Iphone/Ipad apps to combine different images, colors, textures and effects. The apps that really get this surreal effect are the Diane app and Dicem8. Totally destructive apps that go in and rip apart the pixels. They take me a couple of days to get the image where I want it. As soon as I saw these colors and the sky I thought immediately of the great Beatles song from the Sargent Pepper’s Album “Lucy in the Sky with Diamonds”. I didn’t have the album when I was a kid but my sister, Pat, did so I would sneak in her room and listen to it when she wasn’t home!
“Of Sun From Shadow Where The Tree Begins” from On Being Human by C S Lewis.
Landscape photographed at Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York using iPhone X and Hipstamatic camera app. Film and lens in Hipstamatic John S + AO BW. I did 90% of the editing of this image on my Ipad using the apps: Snapseed, Leonardo, Union, and IColorama. I brought in the lake effect using a great app called “Color Lake”. The vintage image is one from my collection.
” I speak for trees, for the trees have not tongues” from The Lorax by Dr. Suess.
I photographed this yesterday on my walk in Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York. A beautiful place to see rolling meadows and hills. My mission was to get a nice walk in before the snow (we had 7.5″ overnight) and play around with the Hipstamatic app on my IPhone. I fell in love with the lens/film combination John S + AO BW. It is a very moody and atmospheric combination. I then brought the image into IColorama and played around with different effects. I liked this one which landed up looking like a glass tiles or a window pane. Just made it a little more interesting for me.
Inspired by the song “Rock and Roll Woman” by Buffalo Springfield. One of my absolute favorites. Stephen Stills wrote the song about Grace Slick of Jefferson Airplane.
I worked on this image on my Ipad using several photographs I put together on it. I like this melding of different images to come up with something new. This immediately reminded me of the pop art I grew up with. Peter Max, Heinz Edelman (Beatles Yellow Submarine) and my favorite, graphic designer Milton Glaser.
The main image is a vintage image from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The creepy building in the woman’s mind is an iPhone image I took at an abandoned hospital/asylum. There’s another photo I just took yesterday at Stone Barns using slow shutter that can barely be seen. I used digital painting apps and brushes to give it the pop art look I wanted.
One of my composites that I did in my IColorma Artistry Class. The landscape was photographed with my IPhone at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut. The woman is a vintage image I colorized. I worked this piece on my Ipad using IColorama, Snapseed, Stackables and various other apps. I was going for a very moody and surreal piece.
“Fond Memory Brings the Light of Other Days” from the poem Oft, In the Stilly Night (Scottish Air) by Thomas Moore.
This is another piece I created in my IColorama class. You had to take images you previously created and blend and merge them to create a new work. I combined about 4 images for this piece and liked the surreal and melodic feel it has. The large majority of the images were taken with my iPhone and all processing done on my IPad Pro.
“The Weakening Eye of Day” from The Darkling Thrush by Thomas Hardy.
I’m taking this great class online called IColorama Creative taught by Susan Tuttle and Nicki Fitzgerald. It is the third online class I have taken with Susan Tuttle and I can highly recommend her online classes. They are IPhone/IPad based so you shoot with your IPhone and then process your image either on your iPhone or Ipad. No Photoshop. I really love these classes because they push me out of my comfort zone and allow me to experiment with different apps and techniques. I also love the opportunity of working on a piece anywhere I can go with my Ipad versus sitting in front of the computer at home.
The piece above consists of two images. The background was photographed with my IPhone at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut. The woman is from Pixabay. The premise of the class is to use the IColorama app to create your work. You can use other apps but the IColorama app has some very cool features. This piece came out very dreamy and surreal.
“For No One Entered There But I” from the poem The Deserted Garden by Elizabeth Barrett Browning.
“Whose Magic Spells Enchain the Heart” from the poem Ode to Beauty by Mary Darby Robinson
The landscape I photographed at Krucker’s Catering and Picnic Grove in Pomona New York. I actually mirrored the image to get the effect I wanted of the eye hidden in the grove. The woman with wings is a combination of a vintage image I have as well as a dress“La Robe a La Francais” that is in the public domain at the Metropolitan Museum of Arts open access. The angelic fairies are from a work by Luis Falero called “Twin Stars” from the public domain access at the Metropolitan Museum of Art
“Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” by Robert Frost
I photographed this yesterday walking around town during the snowstorm. I photographed it with my Iphone X and processed on my IPad using Snapseed. It was photographed in the Town of North Castle and is a view of Wampus Brook. I forget how beautiful it is around here until I stop for moment and look.
“There is no road through the woods” from The Way Through The Woods by Rudyard Kipling.
Photographed at the airplane graveyard. I just love the way the car was hidden underneath the is pine tree, the way the sunlight was reflecting through the trees and the reflections in the car window.
The stone mill house at the New York Botanical Gardens. I was at the Botanical Gardens in early spring on a cloudy day and discovered this beautiful old mill house. I decided to make it moodier and create light that was moving towards sunset in the fall.
I photographed the room at the Trans Allegheny Lunatic Asylum in West Virginia. The two ladies are a vintage photograph from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Open Access program. This image took a ton of layers and even more hours. First time I worked with more than one person in a vintage image and it was very detailed color work. Worth the time and effort because I love these two ladies. They were just so darn interesting.
I wanted to create mood, mystery, and a little magic. I always read articles that your image has to tell a story. Well, sometimes the image, or at least my images, makes the viewer construct the story. Just by answering five questions you have a story: Who? What? When? Where? How?
I photographed this at the airplane graveyard. I got the biggest kick seeing that little pony sitting on top of this big rusted yellow school bus. I photographed this with my Iphone 6S Plus using my hipstamatic app.
I photographed the trolleys at a trolley graveyard I visited on an Abandoned America workshop. I loved the way the shattered glass looked and I photographed through the glass to another trolley sitting next to it. The vintage image is one from the Public Domain.
“Can I Buy You a Magic Bus”? lyrics from “Magic Bus” by the Who.
I photographed this at the airplane graveyard last Sunday when I was out photographing at a workshop led by my friend Rich Lewis. Great group of photographers. I noticed this school bus surrounded by all this junk and with the sun just touching in spots. It had a painterly collage feel to me.
I just found out that I was awarded 1st Place in the Open category, PHOTOcentric 2017, for my image, “I Dream of a Pale Horse.” This is an annual international juried photography exhibition that Garrison Art Center has every year. Below is a little blurb on the exhibition and the juror, Francis M. Naumann.
PHOTOcentric 2017 December 9, 2017 through January 7, 2018.
For seven years the PHOTOcentric Annual International Juried Photography Exhibition has clearly established itself as an exhibition of outstanding fine art photography. Artists from across the United States and from across the globe have submitted their work. Past jurors include Malcolm Daniel, Alice Rose George, Harvey Stein, Stephen Shore, Larry Fink, Stephen Perloff, Elizabeth Opalenik, Robert Mann, Cig Harvey, Robin Rice, in 2014 Marvin Heiferman and in 2015 Julie Saul.
We are proud to announce that the 2017 juror will be Francis M. Naumann. Francis M. Naumann is an independent scholar, curator and gallery owner, specializing in the art of the Dada and Surrealist periods, including the noted photographers Man Ray and Naomi Savage. He is author of numerous articles, exhibition catalogues and books. Mr. Naumann has organized museum shows for the Whitney Museum of American Art and the American Craft Museum in New York. He currently owns and operates his own gallery, Francis M. Naumann Fine Art, in New York City. In 2008 he opened his current gallery space with a photography exhibition titled Teacher-Student / Student-Teacher: Man Ray, Berenice Abbott and Naomi Savage which showcased the similarities that exist in the works of the three remarkable photographers.
I traveled a few years ago with Abandoned America to a trolley graveyard in Pennsylvania. What I loved about this place was the colors of the rusting train and trolley cars. The man is one of my vintage images that I colorized and retouched.
Appasionato is an Italian term used in music which is defined as telling the musician to perform with a great amount of emotion.
I photographed this at the end of a hallway at the Eastern State Penitentiary. The grand piano was photographed at the JW Cooper School in Pennsylvania. The vintage image is a composite of two images from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The doves are from Madetobeunique on DeviantArt.
I photographed this staircase at the Trans Allegheny Insane Asylum in West Virginia. I love the way the light was coming through a broken window onto the wall. The beautiful colors of the peeling paint. This part of the asylum was a dormitory for women and is in a very decayed state. It is the only building that is and I loved the look of it.
“Born of Gold and Silver Spikes” lyrics from the “Great Big Rollin Railroad” song. Created by Bill Fries for the Union Pacific Advertising Campaign.
Photographed outside the window of the Lakeshore Limited heading to New York from Chicago. I photographed this with my IPhone using my Hipstamatic app.
I wanted a ominous feel to this without going too dark. Background was photographed at Waveny Park in New Canaan, Connecticut. Jackdaws are from FrankandCary at DeviantArt since I can’t capture birds as wells Frank can! Vintage girl is one of my oldies but goodies.
“Leave No Black Plume” from The Raven by Edgar Allen Poe.
*”I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud” by William Wordsworth
The background was photographed at Harkness Memorial State Park in Waterford, Connecticut. The pug and lavender are from an old vintage card that I found on Graphics Fairy. The clouds and sky I photographed in Santa Fe, New Mexico. The best place to photograph clouds. The frame is an actual vintage frame from an old daguerreotype.
Photographed with my Fuji X-70 from my roomette window on the Amtrak Southwest Chief. This is just leaving LAMY, NV where I boarded. The sky and the red clay of the earth are just so unreal. I love the traveling on the train because you don’t get these views from a car. New Mexico is just incredibly beautiful. The Wild West.
I haven’t posted in two weeks because I have been in a workshop, “The Creative Digital Collage” at the Santa Fe Workshops, Santa Fe, New Mexico. My instructor was the wonderful Maggie Taylor whose work has been an inspiration to me and if I had just a pinch of her talent I would be a happy artist! Maggie’s work is in museums and galleries around the world. Her work was used for the opening title for the television show “Ghost Whisper” which you can see here.
The piece above is one I started in Maggie’s class and finished at home. I learned so much from this class and will be always be grateful for Maggie’s generosity with her time and her sharing of her creative process. It was such a great opportunity to learn from the master.
I used numerous elements to create this piece. Water is from a local water reservoir where I live, the background is part of dutch masterpiece from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Open Access site, the queen’s body is from the National Gallery of Art Open Access site and the head is from a vintage photo, jackdaw from Frank and Cary on Deviant Art.
“In places deep, where dark things sleep”, The Hobbit, JRR Tolkien
When I originally photographed the abandoned cars at the airplane graveyard, I had this image of a child standing on the back seat looking out the window. I’ve watched way too many detective shows! The building is the Fairfield Hills State Hospital in Newtown, Connecticut which is now known as the Fairfield Hills Campus. The same place I photographed that creepy scarecrow! I added the road in front from another area I photographed at Fairfield Hills. The child is a vintage photo I purchased and the man driving the car came from the Public Domain website.
Happy Fathers Day!
I photographed this at Fairfield Hills Asylum in Newtown, CT. They have this wonderful Victory Garden that community volunteers work on. I was pretty far away when I spotted this strange thing in the garden. When I got closer I found their scarecrow, Victor E. Jardin! It has to be one of the creepiest scarecrows I have ever seen. Fits right in with the place!
I photographed the “scarecrow” with my IPhone using the Hipstamatic app.
*2 Corinthians 4:6
I photographed this at the Museum of the City of New York. I was standing on the staircase in the main entrance and looking up and out to the second floor through the Cooper Joseph’s Starlight installation. I purposely over exposed it on my Iphone using the Blackie App to get the sharp contrast and an abstract graphic feel from the pin pricks of light.
“So came a chariot on a silent storm” is a line from The Triumph of Life by Percy Bysshe Shelley.
I love working with composites and this one took me a little time to put together. It is made up of a several different photographs I took. The abandoned car is from the Airplane Graveyard, the field of grass and the house in the back (the entire landscape was photographed in Gettysburg. I was standing on Hancock road and it is the Codori Farm that you see in the background. The sky was photographed at Byram Lake in Mount Kisco, New York and the vintage photo of the man is a mug shot from the Public Domain Archive.
I had the car in woods originally but it just wasn’t working out the way I wanted it to. I started looking for landscapes to place it in and the Gettysburg images I had taken worked the best.
I was on a trip to New York City a few weeks ago and photographed out the bus window the passing scenery with my iPhone using a great camera app called Slow Shutter. I kept looking for something with color and this red sign caught my eye.
Please take a moment this Memorial Day weekend to remember and honor all those who sacrificed their lives for our county.
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All Nature Has A Feeling by John Clare
All nature has a feeling: woods, fields, brooks
Are life eternal: and in silence they
Speak happiness beyond the reach of books;
There’s nothing mortal in them; their decay
Is the green life of change; to pass away
And come again in blooms revivified.
Its birth was heaven, eternal it its stay,
And with the sun and moon shall still abide
Beneath their day and night and heaven wide.
One of my images from the airplane graveyard. Love this old car sitting on top of a van. People always ask me what it is about abandoned places that I love and one is the way nature starts to take over where we left a bruise upon it. The power of nature is amazing.
I really enjoy using my IPhone to capture images. It’s always on me and I love playing with apps to come up with some new and interesting images. I don’t have to sit at a computer to create something which is very freeing. This is one of the images I had taken from the Ellis Island Ferry with my IPhone 6S. I used a great app called Circular as well as a few others. Added texture from an app called Mextures.
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I love walking around New York City and I have a special place in my heart for SOHO. I love the architecture, the cobblestone streets, the little cafe’s hidden down narrow streets. My eyes are constantly moving, catching glimpses of things. I looked up and between two dark buildings I saw this beautiful building with a lions head gracing its roof. That juxtaposition of light and dark always whispers to me to capture it in my little camera.
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I was at Ellis Island a few weeks ago on a hard hat tour of the hospital. The room above is off the morgue room. The room just conjured up the word science in my head so I added a panel of gears on the left that I had photographed at the Carey Furnace in Pittsburgh, PA with one of the Abandoned America workshops. The man is a vintage image from the Sum of All Crafts. I wanted the image to have a painterly feel to it which I sometimes like to do. The lightning bolt is a symbol of an idea striking in one’s mind. In this case I wanted it to be a scientist.
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I was down in Manhattan last Saturday and decided to play around with the Hipstamatic app on my iPhone. I tried using Hipstamatic when it first came out but had a really hard time seeing what I photographed through their little camera backs that were part of the app. Very cool but not functional for me. They came out with a Pro Mode version which displays a much larger view of what you are photographing plus the ability to play with the filters after you have taken the shot. Hipstamatic allows you to choose the film, the camera lens and the Flash/Gel. This gives me a lot more creative freedom. The image above was originally photographed using Ruddy + Otto + Red Eye Gel. I changed it to Aristotle Film + Pinhole lens. I photographed this from Grand Street looking down to Canal Street. I feel the blurriness captures the energy I feel when I’m photographing this wonderful city.
Take your iPhone and any camera you have and just go out and have fun photographing the world around you. According to this article, it’s great for your mental health!
Happy Easter! You would think I would post flowers and spring like images but I decided to post a snow scene that I photographed only a few weeks ago. It makes me appreciate this spring day even more! The beautiful forest and pond were photographed in Armonk, New York on the corner of Byram Lake and Oregon Road. I thought it looked so magical. The woman is one of the vintage images I purchased. The swans which you can barely see in the background were photographed at Croton Reservoir.
I am very excited to have three of my images for sale through Ai Bo Gallery. You can purchase them through Ai Bo Gallery on Artsy, 1stDibs or Artnet. They are matted but not framed. The images measure 15.5″H x 15.5″W and with matting will be 24″H x 24″W.