Tuesday, June 30, 2015

June Art Giveaway 2015

I have been looking forward to the opportunity to give this creation away... while it is a couple of years old now, it is one of the accomplishments I'm most proud of and the life lessons that I gained continue to help me through difficult times. It has been an endless source of inspiration, and reminds me of the fact that I am capable of more than I think...
I give you... THE 24 HOUR PROJECT. For this giveaway, the ebook is up for grabs!
To enter, simply comment on the video that you'd like to enter on my facebook page or my google+... DEADLINE is THIS Friday (July 3) at noon (central).
If you are not aware of what THE 24 HOUR PROJECT is, here are a few handy links to get some info/previews:

Available in hard cover/soft cover, 12x12, 7x7, and digital
Sending a signed copy out by request!

And the short version: this was photographer Andrew Kufahl's follow up idea to his impressive 365 project. The goal was to create 24 concept images within 24 hours... from there, we made a book and since then, we have also had a gallery show.
Part of the promo materials for our gallery show
At our opening of THE 24 HOUR PROJECT exhibition at Gallery 3

We have some BTS footage on his artist page, and more video we have yet to edit that will hopefully will see the light of day at some point. ;)
Some BTS footage from Hour 1

This project is truly something special for us, and I am so excited to be able to share it again. :)

Hour 1's final image

Monday, June 15, 2015

A little rusty - self portraits

A long, long time ago, I started playing around with self portraits simply to keep up my photoshop skills after school while I searched for a job in graphic design. I had never liked my photo being taken, but I was the only one around at odd hours of the night/morning. It became an artistic outlet, which later helped out when I stumbled into the local modeling world. And then I just stopped...

Remember the haircut incident? With the extra hair that was unnecessarily taken from my noggin', I think all my inspiration got butchered, swept up, and tossed in the trash along with it. Eventually, I got back into modeling, in general, but never really returned to self portraits. After working with photographers who I could share my ideas with to shoot as a team, I ended up not even feeling the need anymore.

A few people have asked why I stopped, and have suggested I give it a go again. I just haven't felt the urge.

Until recently...

I've been flooded with ideas. At times it is overwhelming.

But now I feel so rusty...

I can't tell you how may photos I've started or wanted to start lately, only to lose my oomph within minutes.

One day, I felt a slightly stronger urge, and was so close to following through...but was quickly discouraged and started to pack things up. Then the partially opened door caught my eye, triggering some sort of feeling...

I set up the camera, completely unsure about where this was headed... something had me hooked on this spot.

After a few boring attempts,  my interest was waning. Come on, have some patience... think... dig...
Eventually a vague concept hit me.
After a good amount of sprints and squats, I decided I had what I was looking for. Or maybe not. I don't really feel like I know what I'm doing anymore...

Incorporating a workout, at
least I'll get something out
of this... aaaannd REPEAT!

Processing the photo brought on more anxiety. It felt so silly feeling so lost with something that used to be quite natural and fun for me.

I've had the honor of working with some pretty incredible photographers... who shoot way better than I do... who edit way better... who have a well put together style... who are well known... who are real photographers...

But... I have ideas. I don't want to be a professional photographer... I just want to make stuff... and I think I would like to have the option of self portraits again. I've got to do something with this surge of creativity, right?

So, here it is...