In A Field of Gold

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

“The Misty Solitude” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“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.

Steel Chill

“Steel Chill” ©2019 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

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.

Happy Holidays!

I would like to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday and a peaceful and prosperous New Year.

The Man In The Street

The Man In The Street ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

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. 

Ode To Travel

“Ode To Travel” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

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

“The House Is Shut And Still” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“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

The Nursling Of The Sky ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“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

Like Ghosts the Shadows Rise and Fall

“Like Ghosts the Shadows Rise and Fall” ©2018 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“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.

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