I photographed the above with my IPhone X in Baxter Preserve in North Salem, NY. I used the Hipstamatic app and then brought the image into Photoshop using Topaz Studio. I just liked the old abandoned shed in this field of gold.
“The Misty Solitude” from Rudyard Kipling’s The Way Through the Wood
We had a very foggy day in New York this past week and it gave me an opportunity to photograph in it. The above image was taken at Glazier Preserve in the Town of New Castle. I used my IPhone X and the Hipstamatic app with the John S lens and BlackKeys Supergrain film set.
There is nothing like the Hipstamtic app to get these really moody black and white images.
I drove up this morning to one of my favorite places, Mongers Market, in Bridgeport, Conneticut. Photographed this great machine mold. I love these molds because they look like abstract art to me. Photographed with my IPhone X using the Hipstamatic app and the combo of Loftus Lens, Ina’s 1982 Film and Triple Crown Flash.
“Fugue” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved
This composite is made of a vintage photographic portrait that I had purchased and then layered on this wonderful image of a die cut tool and peeling paint door I had photographed at Mongers Market in Bridgeport, CT. I then added a background of graffiti I photographed at the abandoned Packard Auto Plant in Detroit and then blended in various textures and colors using different filters in photoshop. Most of the work was done on my Ipad using IColoram, Snapseed, SWKRT, Union, SuperImposeX, Distressed FX, Mextures and the finishing textures were done in Photoshop using Topas Studio.
I was in Manhattan yesterday and did a little street photography in the rain. The background of this image was taken with my IPhone X shooting straight down onto the street. It was a corner in SoHo with a pedestrian walkway and a lot of red and white colors swirling around it. It really popped in the rain. All I could think of was an abstract painting. I decided to bring in a vintage image I colorized and obtained online through the Metropolitan Museumof Art’s Open Access program. I used gradients to fade the man into the street. I liked the combination of the vintage image with this modern abstract background.
I drove over to Bridgeport, Connecticut this morning to check out this great salvage warehouse called Mongers Market. Absolutely loved the place. So many things to see and photograph. It reminded me of how United House Wrecking in Stamford, Connecticut used to be before they added the word “Antique” along with serval zeros to the price! These suitcases and trunks were lined up overhead by the hundreds and I had to capture them with my IPhone. I used my Hipstamatic app with the lens/film combination of John S+BlacKeys Supergrain.
“The house is shut and still” from The House on the Hill by Edwin Arlington Robinson
I photographed this abandoned carriage house at the Mills Mansion in Staatsburg, New York. I used my IPhone X and my hipstamatic app with the black and white film, lens and flash filter of Anne-Marie +Aristotle +Jolly Rainbow. The blurring at the edges and the very dark contrast gave a haunting quality to the image.
“The nursling of the sky” from the poem The Clouds by Percy Bysshe Shelley
I photographed this beaux arts bathroom at the Mills Mansion in Staatsbury, New York with my IPhone X. I did half the processing on my IPad Pro using Snapseed, Brushstroke and SuperImpose X. The rest of the processing was done in Photoshop using Topaz Studio and Nik software. Sky texture is for Distressed FX. I was striving towards a slight surreal feal with the clouds.
“Like ghosts the shadows rise and fall” from the poem The Sleeper by Edgar Allan Poe.
I photographed the room at the Trans Allegheny Insane Asylum. Both walls are covered with paintings. The one on the left is from the Metropolitan Museum’s open access collection and is “The Allegory of the Planets and Continents” by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo. The painting on the right wall is “Diane Reposing’ by Paul-Jacques-Aime Baudry from The Walters Museum open access. The woman is one of my vintage images.
I made the woman blur in motion so she appeared more ghostly and coming almost from the wall.
“From the thunder” from the poem Alone by Edgar Allan Poe
I photographed this old barn on the way to the Mills Mansion in Staatsburg, NY. The clouds were nice and stormy. I used the Hipstamatic app on my IPhone X with the lens/film/flash combination of Anne-Marie + Aristotle + Jolly Rainbow. This combination gave me the darkness and drama of the day.
I photographed the Mills Mansion (Staatsburg State Historic Site) in Staatsburg, New York with my IPhone X last weekend. It is a beautiful 79 room mansion designed by Stanford White in the Beaux Arts style. I used the Hipstamatic camera app with the Ann-Marie + Aristotle + Jolly Rainbow lens, film and flash combination. I loved the way this film combination created a very haunting image. Dark and foreboding with the edges blurred as if it is slipping off the side. Perfect for the upcoming Halloween week!
I was playing around with a vintage image I had colorized and a graffiti room I photographed at the abandoned Packard Car Plant in Detroit. I added a pretty heavy painterly texture to it. I worked on this image starting on my Ipad and then moved it into Photoshop to work with Topaz Studio. I just liked the way the colors melded together and her stillness against the wild background.
“Through broken walls and gray” from The House on the Hill by Edwin Arlington Robinson
This room was photographed on one of the Abandoned America workshops I went on. I loved the black and white floor and peeling paint.
“Cans, Papers, Rags” from the poem The Ghetto by Lola Ridge.
Photographed in the Bowery in New York City. I gave it a slight painterly feel to go along with the cans of paint and graffiti.
I photographed this when I went on one of my Abandoned America trips. It was photographed from a room from a former hospital that became a prison in Pennsylvania. I loved that red brick against the dark gloomy blue sky. The bare trees lend a starkness to it.
“Old Stone To New Building” from T.S. Eliot, “Four Quartets” Part II: East Coker
I photographed this beautiful old building down by the World Trade Center. I just loved the way the light reflected on it and the architectural details. The newer buildings surround it do not dominate it at all. It stands strong among them.
I will be exhibiting five of my vintage series pieces with three other photographers at the North Castle Public Library from September 10 to October 13th. The opening reception is Sunday, September 23rd from 2:00 – 4:00 p.m. If you are in the area, please stop in and say hello!
This library is very special to me because it was my favorite place to go to when I was growing up in Armonk. The art gallery is new to the library and it is a wonderful space to exhibit work. I am exhibiting alongside three wonderful photographers from Armonk so we have a nice mix of different styles and views.
“There is ruin and decay” inspired from The House on the Hill by Edwin Arlington Robinson.
One of my many images from the Packard Auto Plant in Detroit, Michigan. This is one that I photographed with my IPhone X and processed 90% on my IPad. I added a painterly feel to it because modern ruins are generally not depicted this way. I think the painterly effect gives it such a totally different feel.
“And all the flowers were mine” from To One in Paradise by Edgar Allan Poe
This image is one of the happy chance combinations I sometimes stumble upon. I had colorized the little girls but had no idea where I was going to place them. I tried them in different locations I had photographed and this one room just seemed to fit them. I then decided to use one of the paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Open Access program. I saw this one by Martin Johnson Heade and when I put it in the room and maneuvered it around I really loved the result. It became very surreal and magical. I still felt it was missing something so I added the gramophone and bees.
The room was photographed at an abandoned school in Pennsylvania. The flowers are part of a painting by Martin Johnson Heade called “Hummingbirds and Passion Flowers” which is at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The vintage image of the two little girls is also from the Metropolitan Museum of Art. The gramophone I photographed at a flea market.
“The Waters That Like Diamonds Shone” from “The Loves of the Angels” by Thomas Moore
The setting was photographed at an Abandoned America workshop I took a few years ago at the Lansdowne Theater in Lansdowne, Pennsylvania. The droplets are actually an IPhone image I took while going across the Tappan Zee Bridge in a rain storm (I was not driving!). I liked enlarging the letters that were in a room so that they dwarfed the woman.
“There is no road through the woods” from The Way Through The Woods by Rudyard Kipling.
The hallway was photographed with my IPhone X at an abandoned prison I was lucky to visit through Abandoned America. I blended the image on my IPad using an app called Diana. This combination came up and I loved it. I then used my Ipad to play around with it and finished it up in Photoshop. I photographed the woods and meadow in Baxter Preserve in North Salem, NY using the Hipstamatic app.
Photographed at the Packard Plant in Detroit, Michigan with Abandoned America. I always love composing an image when I am photographing from a dark room into a room with light streaming in. It gives a sense of depth and mystery and it captures what I find beautiful in these old buildings.
I was up in Cape Cod this weekend to attend a wedding and spent a wonderful afternoon at the Heritage Museums and Gardens in Sandwich, Massachusetts. This house is actually their administrative building but with the right textures and painterly apps I was able to give it an abandoned look. I photographed it with my IPhone X and did 98% of the processing on my IPad Pro.
I photographed the room in an abandoned sanitorium in Pennsylvania. The woods were photographed in Baxter Preserve in North Salem, New York. Both images were photographed using my IPhone X. I came up with the original concept on my Ipad using the Diane app which arbitrarily mixed the two images together. I like the juxtaposition of this old, peeling paint room where one feels like a prisoner and the wide open space of the woods where freedom awaits.
“And stars, in their orbits, shone pale thro’ the light” from Evening Star by Edgar Allan Poe.
I photographed this on my Cliff Walk in Newport, Rhode Island with my IPhone X using the Hipstamatic App. I did most of the processing on my IPad but brought into Photoshop to run it through a few other filters. I like the moodiness of it.
I traveled out to Detroit, Michigan last week to photograph the abandoned Packard Plant with Abandoned America. The Packard Motor Car Company was built the plant in 1903 and was designed by Albert Kahn. The plant encompassed 3.5 million square feet and is considered one of the largest abandoned industrial sites in the country. The plant closed in 1957 and has stood abandoned ever since. The plant was recently purchased and the new owners have started “The Packard Plant Project” which entails revitalizing the existing buildings.
I photographed the images using both my Fuji X-T1 and IPhone X.
Happy Father’s Day!
I photographed the above room at Pennhurst State Hospital with Abandoned America a few years ago. I get a little tired of the same old abandoned images out there, though I do love them. I decided to add a pencil sketch texture to this to pop the detail and change it up a bit. The detail in this room is really interesting. The old bulletin board on the left has this great red white and blue star and stripes theme running around it, the torn paper hanging above it tacked on the wall has the partial words for “schedule”. In the back, written on a shower wall are the letter “ntom. Could it be “phantom?”
“The ghost of sweeter days” from the poem The Haunted House by Margaret Eilzabeth Sangster.
This great hallway was photographed with my IPhone X at Belcourt in Newport, RI. I added one of the vintage images I have and worked on it on both my Ipad and on my Mac Pro in Photoshop. I wanted a slight cartoon/illustrative look to it.
I was down in the SOHO (South of Houston Street in Manhattan) yesterday and was walking around with my IPhone. I looked up at the Puck Building, zoomed in and captured the “mischievous sprite” using my Hipstamatic App. Photographed with the John S lens, Rasputin film and RedEye Gel flash. I loved the painterly feel that came about zooming in and using this film combination.
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