Kathleen Wright Imagery: Blog http://www.kwimagery.com/blog en-us (C) Kathleen Wright Imagery kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:21:00 GMT Thu, 21 Jun 2018 03:21:00 GMT http://www.kwimagery.com/img/s/v-5/u460858200-o250161126-50.jpg Kathleen Wright Imagery: Blog http://www.kwimagery.com/blog 120 80 Memory - Atlanta Digital Fine Artist http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2018/6/memory---atlanta-digital-fine-artist

 

What beck'ning ghost, along the moon-light shade
Invites my steps, and points to yonder glade?
'Tis she!--but why that bleeding bosom gor'd,
Why dimly gleams the visionary sword?
Oh ever beauteous, ever friendly! tell,
Is it, in heav'n, a crime to love too well?
To bear too tender, or too firm a heart,
To act a lover's or a Roman's part?
Is there no bright reversion in the sky,
For those who greatly think, or bravely die?

Elegy To The Memory Of An Unfortunate Lady

Alexander Pope

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) art composite fine http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2018/6/memory---atlanta-digital-fine-artist Thu, 21 Jun 2018 02:29:47 GMT
The Danger of Using Stock in Art - Atlanta Digital Artist http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2018/6/the-danger-of-using-stock-in-art---atlanta-fine-art-digital-artist Being in a digital age, many artists have turned from using a paint brush or simply taking a photo to using Photoshop or other art software and using digital brushes or combining photos to create art. Artists like myself are photo manipulators. If you are one, you know what I'm talking about.  If you're an art collector, you might be new to the concept.

I combine several images with various layers in Photoshop to create art that ranges from simple to complex (my largest piece used 85 different layers!).  Most of the time I don't have a photograph that I can use to complete my vision and my drawing skills aren't the best, so I turn to stock and other resources to create my work. 

But there are some dangers in using stock, and that's what I'm here to talk about today. 

 

1. Using Google to Find Stock

If you're new to this kind of art creation, you might be tempted to just grab an image from a Google image search (or other search engine). DO NOT DO THIS!  Most of the images you find will be copyrighted and using them will be a violation of the original artist's rights.

 

2. Using DeviantArt or other art sharing websites (Flickr, 500px, etc). 

This also goes for finding pieces on DeviantArt or other art websites. Most of the work in places like these will retain their  copyrights unless the artist specifically says otherwise. Better safe than sorry.  Don't use something if you aren't sure if you have rights to it. 

 

3. Safe Stock Websites 

There are a number of safe website to use and some that are sketchy.  Websites like Pixabay are usually CC0 - which means you can use the stock there for anything.  Also note that if you decide to share your stock there for others to use, if you change your mind and delete your account, the stock will probably stay with Pixabay (etc) because once you open your stock for use, whoever downloads it will probably not go back to check if the stock is still open for use - but here's where the danger lies:

 

4. Unsplash and other sharing sites danger

I found out the hard way that some websites do take down stock images. I was creating a new book cover and used a piece of stock I had saved from a while ago.  It was perfect!  I store my stock by subject and then source so that I can go back to the website where I've added the stock as a favorite.  Many places I share my work (like DeviantArt) ask for the stock use to be linked back. This particular piece of art was no longer on Unsplash.  I couldn't find it anywhere on the internet from the original artist, though many websites were still using the stock on their websites. Because I could not verify that the stock was still CC0 and free to use for commercial use, I had to find another piece of stock to use.  I hated having to find a new piece of stock, but my limited resources (i.e. company financial reserves), I used what I could. I won't be using Unsplash in my work again. This was the resulting piece (temporary title/author for display):

 

 

 

5. Paid stock sites (Shutterstock, Adobe Stock, etc.)

These are where I would actually go for a commercial commissioned piece. You buy the stock from Shutterstock (etc.), but you have to pay a license fee to use it for your intended purposes.  Some artists on DeviantArt also have a policy for being paid for their stock for commercial work, but allow it to be free for personal art creation.  It is important to make sure you have the proper rights for the image you are using. Otherwise, you could face litigation from the artist.  Stealing is never ok!                                                            

 

6. Copying other artists

I've had this happen to me. I post a piece of art listing the stock I used and another artist collects the images and then recreates the piece I made and shares it as their own.  This is not ok. You can be inspired by other artists, but copying their work is basically stealing their vision as an artist. It cheapens your work and makes you look like a fraud. By all means, use someone's work as inspiration or use a stock image they used to create something unique and totally your vision. 

 

7. Fine Art Galleries and Stock Use

Being exhibited in an art gallery has been a lifelong dream of mine. I recently submitted some of my work for a juried competition and international exhibition. Not only being extremely anxious about the quality of my work being good enough, I also worry that using free stock could be looked down upon.  I want to be able to take original images for my work, but have certain limitations to do so.  I'm waiting to hear back from the curator to know if I was good enough, but I'm hoping that using stock won't keep me from becoming an accomplished artist. 

 

I hope I was able to answer a few questions or concerns you might have had concerning using stock in your images.  I know I wasn't able to find much info on the web when I had them!  All in all, if you doubt you have rights to use an image, then don't use it. Better safe than sorry! 

If you find a piece of art I have contains an image that is no longer CC0 - please let me know!  I don't want to infringe on anyone's work! 

Feel free to post a comment or question and I will answer as best I can. I'm not perfect, but I want to help other artists the best I can. 

 

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) art composite fine art http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2018/6/the-danger-of-using-stock-in-art---atlanta-fine-art-digital-artist Sun, 03 Jun 2018 16:03:44 GMT
Solitude - Atlanta Fine Art Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2018/5/solitude---atlanta-fine-art-photographer Solitude

BY ELLA WHEELER WILCOX

    Laugh, and the world laughs with you;

    Weep, and you weep alone;

    For the sad old earth must borrow its mirth,

    But has trouble enough of its own.

    Sing, and the hills will answer;

    Sigh, it is lost on the air;

    The echoes bound to a joyful sound,

    But shrink from voicing care.

    

    Rejoice, and men will seek you;

    Grieve, and they turn and go;

    They want full measure of all your pleasure,

    But they do not need your woe.

    Be glad, and your friends are many;

    Be sad, and you lose them all,—

    There are none to decline your nectared wine,

    But alone you must drink life’s gall.

    

    Feast, and your halls are crowded;

    Fast, and the world goes by.

    Succeed and give, and it helps you live,

    But no man can help you die.

    There is room in the halls of pleasure

    For a large and lordly train,

    But one by one we must all file on

    Through the narrow aisles of pain.

 

She wrote these words after she encountered a grieving widow.  She gave comfort to the woman as she cried, but Ella was on her way to a ball and while there was overcome with sadness from the widow. 

This poem at first seems to encourage those who are sad to overcome their grief, but then concludes that we all will have pain in our lives and others will not be able to comfort us.  I have experienced this and while isolating ourselves can be detrimental to our mental health over the long term, solitude is not the same as loneliness. Solitude is a chosen condition to work through our emotions while loneliness is a feeling of wanting to be with others, but unable to do so.  Solitude can be a symptom of depression and those who find themselves often withdrawing from the company of others may need more than some time alone. 

I created this piece from a couple of stock images (I hope to have resources soon to take original photos for my art) and wanted to convey the darkness that is felt when grieving. It can be so all consuming that we feel we will never recover.  Some people don't. They give into the grief and are never the same.  It is my hope that all those who are grieving or suffering from depression will find comfort and relief so that they may once again enjoy all the beautiful things this world has to offer. 

 

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) composite fine art painterly technique portrait http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2018/5/solitude---atlanta-fine-art-photographer Thu, 31 May 2018 00:13:40 GMT
Saxton Family - Little Mulberry Park - Gwinnett Family Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2018/5/saxton-family---little-mulberry-park---gwinnett-family-photographer I had such a great time last week with the Saxton family for a sweet and fun mini session.  It was really hot, even later in the day, but the kids had a blast!  I love little sessions like this that are long enough for fun, but not too long for the kids to get bored.  Little Mulberry Park is a huge area with several entrances and I found this "secret" one that had a nice field that had not been mowed yet this season! There was a perfect little tree up the hill that cast a nice shady area for us to settle into.  The best part is that they could go around the corner to the playground after for the kids to play!  I will definitely be heading back to this little spot again in the future!

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) family portrait http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2018/5/saxton-family---little-mulberry-park---gwinnett-family-photographer Sun, 20 May 2018 14:15:53 GMT
Heritage Family Dentistry - Gwinnett Business Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2018/5/heritage-family-dentistry---gwinnett-business-photographer Last fall I had the fortune of having a family drop in to my fall mini session event.  It was just the dad, Ralph, and his little boy, E.  I took the most adorable portrait of E.  Ralph mentioned at the time that his wife was a dentist and would be needing new photos for her practice soon.  I was excited for the opportunity to work with her. 

Christmas came and went and 2018 started off with me being ill and unable to run my business, but just as I was feeling better, his wife, Erin called.  She was taking over her mother's dental practice in Grayson and they were updating the name to Heritage Family Dentistry as well as the website.  Including new headshots, team photos and an outside image of the location was her priority.  Having a mobile studio makes this a great fit for me because I'm not tied to a physical location and can set up anywhere. 

We looked ahead and the weather was cold with a bit of rain expected, but we set the date for a few weeks out and though it was a mostly cloudy and windy day, it turned out perfect.  They close early on Thursdays and I came in just as they were wrapping up the day.  I set up in their office with my lights and used a gorgeous rock wall in the lobby for the backdrop on the headshots - it would flow with the website colors she had picked out and give a visual reference for new patients when they entered the office.  

For the group photo we went to a nearby park.  I wasn't sure about where to set-up, but then the suggestion came out to use one of the huge oak trees - the symbol for the new practice is an oak tree and it made perfect sense!  The ladies all looked so lovely and organizing them around the tree was a challenge as it was not the most pose friendly location, but I think the final shot came out wonderful!  Each of these ladies has such a beautiful personality and are just the warmest, kindest people you could hope to work with. The wind did pose a bit of an issue, but thankfully we did the group photo after headshots so that the close-ups were as perfect as possible. 

I also took a shot of Erin with her mom.  It was so heartwarming to see a strong love between them.  The practice was built by Kathy and passed on to Erin, so it made sense to include a photo of them together.  The name of the practice, Heritage Family Dentistry, truly fits! 

After the ladies headed out for the day, I walked around the main outside area of the office.  As a newer building, it featured offices above and retail below with a few restaurants that had tables set up.  Because of the wind, the umbrellas on the table could not be opened and there was quite a bit of the famous Georgia green spring pollen on the black awnings, but I was able to clean those up in Photoshop. The main goal for the outside photo was to help new clients find the location on the upper level in a corner.  The only signage being on the upper side of the building.  I decided to climb up on a brick wall to get a better view with my wide angle lens so that I could prominently position the sign.  There was a perfect break in the clouds, giving a swath of blue sky just over the building, but the remaining light cast only light shadows on the buildings, making the resulting image just gorgeous. 

I could not have asked for a better group of women to work with.  Erin and her team at Heritage Family Dentistry are the kindest people I have ever met and if I lived in the area, I would use her as my dentist!  If you live nearby, I suggest trying them out for your dental needs!

 

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) business group headshots photo photography http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2018/5/heritage-family-dentistry---gwinnett-business-photographer Wed, 16 May 2018 15:03:39 GMT
Hairston Family Session | Suwanee Family Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/11/hairston-family-session-suwanee-family-photographer It was such a delight for me to work with the Hairston family.  They are full of love and energy and just gave off this feeling of the perfect American family. They had a wonderful little park area across from their house where we shot some lovely outdoor photos and then we went inside to get some special shots on their hearth.  We were laughing and having a blast the whole time. I just love how their images came out!  Here are just a few of my favorites!

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) portrait http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/11/hairston-family-session-suwanee-family-photographer Wed, 22 Nov 2017 00:27:06 GMT
Emeric Family Session | Duluth Portrait Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/11/emeric-family-session-duluth-portrait-photographer  

Family is the key to happiness...

 

A few weeks ago I got a call from a lovely lady named Carolyn.  She wanted to gift a family session to her daughter, Sarah, for her birthday.  Sarah, her husband, and little boy hadn't had many photos taken together and I'm sure as grandma she really wanted some, too!  So, I gave Sarah a call and we talked for a little while about what she was looking for.  She was so easy to talk to and her little boy isn't much older than my daughter so we connected really well about that. 

We set a date for last Saturday and just before our session was scheduled to start, it rained!  Not just a sprinkle, but a downpour.  Overcast days and a little rain aren't a big deal, but we decided not to risk it being muddy or getting them too wet and rescheduled for the next day.  It ended up being perfect! 

They had chosen one of my favorite parks, McDaniel Farm, for the session.  It was very popular that evening and there were a lot of other people there for photos!  Sarah and her family were just adorable and so much fun! We made our way around the park, stopping in several spots to get some shots and really just relaxing and having fun. 

Their little boy was just the cutest little guy with this huge grin and big, brown eyes.  He did great at first, but like most toddlers, he lost interest in posed shots pretty quickly - except those by himself.  He was more than keen to sit and let me take his photo, but didn't want to share the spotlight with mom and dad! We had so much fun exploring and running around and I took quite a few of mom and dad together.  

In the end, I had so many great shots, that I had a hard time deciding what to edit! I'm so glad I was able to meet this fantastic family and I hope to be able to work with them a lot more in the future! 

Here are some of my favorites!

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) portrait http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/11/emeric-family-session-duluth-portrait-photographer Sun, 12 Nov 2017 05:29:54 GMT
Sneak Peek - Emeric Family | Gwinnett Portrait Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/11/sneak-peek---emeric-family-gwinnett-portrait-photographer Last weekend I had the most amazing family session with the Emerics!  I'll post more when the gallery is finished, but here's a sneak peek until I'm done.  There were so many great shots it was hard to decide which one to post now!  

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) portrait http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/11/sneak-peek---emeric-family-gwinnett-portrait-photographer Wed, 08 Nov 2017 04:49:32 GMT
Amazing 2017 Fall Mini Sessions | Gwinnett Children's Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/11/amazing-2017-fall-mini-sessions-gwinnett-childrens-photographer When I set out to do fall mini sessions for this year, I knew I wanted to have a great location and a lot of different options for my clients.  I went to high school at Collins Hill and I've haven't found a park like the one of the same name with such a cute little bridge and pretty setting.   It was a beautiful day for photos and I had so much fun with my friends - because really, when I'm with kids, it's more fun if we can play like friends! We didn't have a lot of time together, only 15 minutes each, and that really didn't feel like enough! 

We moved pretty quickly through each of the three areas I had selected.  Really, they were only feet away from each other, but it's incredible how moving just a little can give photos a different look and feel. I only had one little client who wasn't feeling her best and couldn't muster a smile, but she looked so pretty in her photos anyway! 

I hope more people can come out next time and feel free to let me know what you'd like to see! These mini sessions are a great way to get updated photos of the kids and I don't mind having them more often if you're interested in more than just spring and fall.  

Here are some of my favorites!

 

 

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) portrait http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/11/amazing-2017-fall-mini-sessions-gwinnett-childrens-photographer Tue, 07 Nov 2017 15:27:15 GMT
Canvas Ornaments are Awesome! | Gwinnett Family Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/10/canvas-ornaments-are-awesome-gwinnett-family-photographer I know, it's not even Halloween yet, but I just love these canvas ornaments that I ordered from one of my favorite vendors!  This will definitely be an annual purchase for me from now on!  Of How awesome will it be when my kids are older to look back each Christmas at themselves growing up on our tree? Just about a month until I can break out mine and hang these up!  

 

These are special order from a different vendor than my website, though. They are a high quality canvas with the same image on front and back.  I can add text or send you samples of designs available. My website vendor has a metal ornament available at a good price, but it only has one design.  Just let me know what photo(s) you want and I can order these for you!

You can also order Christmas cards from your gallery on my website, which is really convenient!  There are a bunch of different designs for those, but it is a little wonky if you click the wrong options, so let me know if you have a hard time with it. I designed and ordered these birth announcements for my most recent newborn shoot.  They turned out fabulous!    

 

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) products http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/10/canvas-ornaments-are-awesome-gwinnett-family-photographer Sat, 21 Oct 2017 01:55:17 GMT
Fall Mini Portrait Sessions! | Gwinnett Portrait Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/10/fall-mini-portrait-sessions-gwinnett-portrait-photographer

I'm very excited that my next mini session event is coming up on October 21st from 4pm to 6:30pm! I picked Collins Hill Park for the location this time as it has a nice wooded area and small bridge that are perfect for kids.  Last week, I went out and took some test shots to be sure the lighting and area would work.  I am very happy with the images I got!  Kids can be very unpredictable, but we had some fun and I love the look of the set I made.  Of course, the set doesn't have to be used and there's a nice grassy area nearby if you want that instead.

Mini portrait sessions are always so much fun!  I like to keep things relaxed, but active, so the kids don't get bored.  I also like to get authentic smiles from them and mix things up with a group portrait and then some individual shots or some candids of them hugging or just having fun.  I'm including 5-7 images, depending on if I need to do any Photoshop magic to get them to look perfect!  

These will make great holiday gifts and are perfect for holiday cards, too!  If you haven't checked them out, there are holiday ornaments you can make that I'm starting a tradition of getting each year so I can watch my kiddos grow up and have that memory on the tree each year! 

I did have some spots go pretty fast, but there are still some to choose from. You can sign up for a slot HERE and then you'll need to fill out an agreement HERE with payment of $75 to secure your slot.  You can find the event on Facebook HERE.  

My backup date in case of rain is November 4th and I will be doing a location check this Saturday evening to be sure the area still looks good during our shooting time.  I have a back-up location not too far away and I'll send out a message if any change needs to be made. 

I'm always available if you have any questions or concerns! I hope you can make it!

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) portrait http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/10/fall-mini-portrait-sessions-gwinnett-portrait-photographer Wed, 11 Oct 2017 18:55:19 GMT
Baby M - Gwinnett Newborn Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/9/baby-m---gwinnett-newborn-photographer Newborns are so special because they are only tiny for a short time.  More than three years ago I shot baby M's big sister's newborn photos, so it was a delight to return to capture his first portraits. He spent his first week in the NICU because he was born a month early and had a few issues, but he bounced back and was just the sweetest little guy during his session.  He was already 10 days old when I took his photos and had changed so much from the first few days in the NICU. He has the prettiest, glowing skin and even though he was a preemie, he was the size a of a full grown newborn.  

His nursery is nautical themed, so I wanted to do something special for him.  His mom and I selected a beautiful digital background available through Sasha Chomachov to bring something unique to his nursery.  Using a digital backdrop allows me to to offer a wide variety of settings for fine art newborn portraits without having to spend hours creating them in Photoshop or spending a lot of money on props that I probably won't use again because I want each session to be special. Sasha has an enormous collection for both newborns and sitting babies. I just love how the one we picked turned out!

Of course, we did shoot many images of him on a neutral blanket and then wrapped on a fur rug with his special knit hat from the NICU. His mom had also purchased a knit fox themed hat and diaper cover set, so I did buy a few props to have another cute themed set of images for them.  I thought it would be cute for him to be an a market crate with a few apples around him, a fall kind of feeling without being too over the top.  I find if a theme is too seasonal, then it won't be as complimentary in a home to be displayed through the year.  

I love how this session turned out and I look forward to watching this little guy grow up!  Congratulations Kristie and Levi!

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) baby composite http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/9/baby-m---gwinnett-newborn-photographer Mon, 25 Sep 2017 14:49:52 GMT
Sneak Peek - Baby M | Gwinnett Newborn Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/9/sneak-peek---baby-m-gwinnett-newborn-photographer Sweet Baby M might look like a full sized newborn, but he was actually born at 36 weeks and spent his first week in the NICU.  I was so happy to visit him last weekend to take his newborn photos!  He is just the cutest baby with very pretty skin!  More images coming soon!

 

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) baby http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/9/sneak-peek---baby-m-gwinnett-newborn-photographer Thu, 21 Sep 2017 03:14:06 GMT
Return to Atlanta Public Schools for Teacher of the Year Headshots | Atlanta Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/9/return-to-atlanta-public-schools-for-teacher-of-the-year-headshots-atlanta-photographer A few weeks ago, the amazing staff at Atlanta Public Schools contacted me to return to take make up photos for the teachers and support staff who missed the dates in May for the Teacher of the Year Program.  I was welcomed back for two days to meet and photograph these amazing teachers and support workers who do so much for our youth in the Atlanta Public Schools.  Each person was so kind and genuine that I felt like they were just a big family and they didn't hesitate to help me feel a part of it, too.  I cannot thank them enough for having me back and the wonderful appreciation and support they gave for what I do.  I hope to return again next year to be a part of this amazing program!

Here are a few of my favorites!

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) headshots portrait http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/9/return-to-atlanta-public-schools-for-teacher-of-the-year-headshots-atlanta-photographer Mon, 11 Sep 2017 16:56:52 GMT
Abandoned | Atlanta Fine Art Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/8/abandoned-atlanta-fine-art-photographer When the one you thought you could depend on abandons you, then you feel truly alone.

I am very thankful to have so many supportive people in my life now.

AloneAloneWhen loneliness consumes me, I feel lost and abandoned. Even as an introvert, I need companionship and loved ones for comfort and peace. Model is Faestock Jessica Truscott.

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Growth - 15 Day Content Creation Challenge Completion | Atlanta Fine Art Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/8/growth---15-day-content-creation-challenge-completion-atlanta-fine-art-photographer Over the last 15 days, I have tried to create art that speaks to my emotions and to help me grow as an artist.  It has not been easy.  Some days I felt like I completely failed, while other days I truly loved what I created. Such is the life of an artist, though.  You don't always love what you create, but at the end of this journey, I do feel that I have become more than I was and I am eager to continue to push myself to greater heights. 

The last theme is Growth with the challenge to "use yourself".  This challenge was not strict and I did not have to do a self portrait, but I did want to do one as it was one of my goals the last 15 days to use myself more in my art.  The days when I use more stock pieces than with my own photography I felt more like a digital artist than a photographer.  I don't consider that a bad thing, but it feels more fulfilling to take a new image than use something someone else created. Because of this, my last pieces for this challenge are simple portraits taken in my yard. I used a few overlays, but did not composite anything new or change the composition at all.

Though I feel like this was a little too easy for the last challenge, I am happy to have something simple to show today that photography by itself is art. I actually made two  pieces, one as a metaphor for struggling to grow, with vines holding me back and another that is just a portrait of myself in the ivy. I'm not sure that I will take on a challenge like this again anytime soon, but I think creating a few new pieces each week should be a good goal for me. 

 

 

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) fine art http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/8/growth---15-day-content-creation-challenge-completion-atlanta-fine-art-photographer Wed, 16 Aug 2017 23:22:52 GMT
Harpy | Atlanta Fine Art Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/8/harpy-atlanta-fine-art-photographer Content Creation Challenge Day 14 - Theme: Flight - Challenge: Create Wings

Because I created an image where I was flying yesterday, I spent time this morning thinking about today's challenge.  I read a few poems and pondered the kind of image I wanted to create.  I was inspired to go back into my archive and use images of birds I shot around 10 years ago, as well as an image of a tree I took while I was in Hawaii.  

A self portrait wasn't something I was interested in doing today, since I knew I would have a lot of work compositing and I had already found a stock image by Jessica Truscott that I really loved and fit my idea perfectly.  It took quite a while to get everything looking mostly cohesive, though I do think I could learn a bit more on blending with the skin.  

My inspiration comes from the mythological creature - the harpy.  Though it typically is considered an evil creature, it is shown as being more attractive in modern art than in the historical version of a bird with a woman's head.  They would lure men to their nests or snatch them from the roads if they wandered too close.

 The challenge will be completed tomorrow and I can truly say that this has been a wonderful learning experience for me!

The HarpyThe HarpyAt times I must wear a mask, concealing the person I am inside. Such is the fear that comes with social anxiety. You can't see the real me. If you did, you wouldn't like me.

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Forgotten | Atlanta Fine Art Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/8/forgotten-atlanta-fine-art-photographer Day 13 - Forgotten - Use Paper

In this theme, Brooke asked us about when we've felt forgotten, but I was inspired to do a piece based on how I try hard not to forget things.  My memory has never been very good and even my son has to remind me about things.  I hate it when I forget something important, so I try to keep reminders for myself - mostly in my phone now.  I used to keep a journal regularly and have several that I filled when I was younger so that I could remember the events that have happened in my life.  This effort to remember is what my piece is illustrating today.  

Photography has been the main course of remembering for the last ten years or so.  Especially in the lives of my children.  I feel like photos do a much better job at capturing them and how they are growing.  I do wish I had more time to journal as the act is very therapeutic for me, but as a journal is a very personal item, I know that it isn't something I would share with my children later.  I do want to be remembered by them and for the work I do to be valued, but at the same time, I know how small I am in the grand scheme of things and so being forgotten by others isn't all that much of a worry.  I appreciate my friends and family who go out of their way to make me feel important and as an introvert I also appreciate that they don't pressure me to be involved more than I have energy to do so.  Is being forgotten something that bothers you?  What do you do to remember things?

ForgottenForgottenI don't want to forget anything. I lean on photography to capture the moments I know I won't remember. I journal the things I want my children to read. I don't want to be forgotten.

Model is myself, other stock is from Pixabay.

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) composite fine art http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/8/forgotten-atlanta-fine-art-photographer Tue, 15 Aug 2017 03:12:29 GMT
Pressure | Atlanta Fine Art Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/8/pressure-atlanta-fine-art-photographer Today I enlisted my husband's help with the Day 12 theme of Pressure with the challenge to use water.  We went to out neighborhood pool and I had him take some photos of me in the pool. I had an idea of what I wanted to do and thought I got the shot I needed, but I couldn't get it to work out in Photoshop and fell back on just making the shot out of camera a bit more artistic.

I wanted to use the kind of cliche idea of "sink or swim" under pressure. I wanted my hands to be reaching up out of the water as in desperation, but the angle in the pool put too much water behind me. It is lacking the environmental aspect I love to do and so I'm not all that happy with it. I might revisit this and take some shots at the neighborhood lake sometime instead. 

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Diversity | Atlanta Fine Art Photographer http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/8/diversity-atlanta-fine-art-photographer DiversityDiversityWhat if the perfect princesses that I grew up with turned out to be evil masterminds? Instead of fleeing from the Evil Queen, Snow White could vanquish her and take her power. The idea that women have to be perfect is one of the evils I have fought within myself.

 

Day 11 - Diversity - Use a Stranger
Yesterday I was busy most of the day with my sister's baby shower and when I got home I was too exhausted to think, so I did day 11 today. I found a new model on DeviantArt (a stranger, for sure) and did a more dark fantasy/gothic piece with an evil Snow White. It's different for me, but I like it.

 

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kathleenjwright@gmail.com (Kathleen Wright Imagery) composite fine art http://www.kwimagery.com/blog/2017/8/diversity-atlanta-fine-art-photographer Sun, 13 Aug 2017 17:28:01 GMT