I decided to step away from the photographs I shot at Bethlehem Steel and show two composite images I have been working on. I like to explore new avenues in creating an image and I really do enjoy using locations I have shot and inserting a model into it to create a mood and story. The image above was photographed in Rockefeller Preserve this past 4th of July, the model is me (which is really funny because I have really, really, short brownish blonde hair). and was photographed in my living room sitting at my piano. The piano is mine, a beautiful cabaret size 1921 Francis Beacon in the Chinoiserie style. My dad had purchased the piano when I was about 11 or 12 and then sold it a few years later (he was into buying and selling antiques). He sold it to a friend of ours and about five years ago I decided I really wanted that piano back. The cool part is she sold it to the parents of my one of oldest and dearest friends, Debra, who I’ve known since I was 4 years old. As luck would have it, they were selling it, and thanks to several friends it was moved into my home. I have an old pair of ballet pointe shoes which I use to wear (one of several hundred because they don’t last long) when I studied ballet a very long time ago. The butterfly was photographed by me and the jackdaw and birds in the sky are photographed by Frank of Frank1956 on Deviantart. A fantastic source for stock images of birds. Textures are by Dirk Wuestenhagen and Distressedtextures. Processed in Lightroom5, Photoshop CS6 and then imported again into Lightroom 5 using a preset by Trey Ratcliff called “Aurora”.
The image below was taken in an abandoned psych hospital in Long Island, New York. The model is me (now I’m a blonde) and again photographed in my living room. The doll I am holding is a soft sculpture clown designed by me many years ago and recently dug out of the closest! The dress I am wearing is one of the costumes from New York City Opera and was purchased at “Screaming Mimi’s” on Lafayette Street in New York City. A fabulous vintage store. The New York City Opera recently put up for auction some of their old costumes and Screaming Mimi’s purchased a few and put them up for sale. This one is labeled New York City Opera, Character: Closet. I’m assuming this must mean it hung in a closet on stage. The image was processed in LR5 and and photoshop using the “Vanilla Cloud” texture by Dirk Wuestenhagen. I then ran it quick through Nik Color Efex Pro for contrast and softening and then ran it back through Lightroom 5 to use Trey Ratcliff’s preset “Amazing Raisins” which gave it that look I was going for. Fog was added using one of Aaron Nace’s brushes from his tutorial on compositing at Phlearn. I highly recommend the tutorials there.