Sunday, September 29, 2013

Slipping into the unknown

Slipping into the unknown by '_ellen_'
Slipping into the unknown, a photo by '_ellen_' on Flickr.

I'm holding a workshop for photoshop and other ways to manipulate a photograph. I'll be adding a page to my website soon and all the information about it can be found there.

Friday, July 12, 2013

Anna Livia Pleurabelle

Here is the before and after of this image which I've called Anna Livia Pleurabelle after James Joyces character in Finnegans Wake.   I used layers and layers here.  Possibly 30 or so to achieve the effect here.  I'm really happy with the colours here and love the burst of electric blue the fish give to the finished image.

Speaking of layers, I'm giving a weekend workshop in November '13 on Layers and Textures so if you're interested get in touch with me.  A knowledge of your way around Photoshop is required for this workshop.  We'll have a couple of hours shooting models and the rest of the time we will spend editing the shots we've taken over the next day and a half.  If you have no photoshop and are interested in seeing whether or not you enjoy making art from your photos then do what I did and download Gimp which is a free platform similar to photoshop.  I also do beginner workshops throughout the year so do contact me if you're interested in that either

Friday, June 1, 2012

 This is the before and after of the shot I took of Rosyln.  I asked her to stand in front of a white wall so that I could change the background to whatever I liked. I thought I'd keep it simple in the end and just make her the center of attraction.  I made her hat a little more raised height wise and I extended her skirt material to cover more of the front of her body and I changed the colour of it from blue to purple because purple is a complimentary colour to the yellow gold on her eyes and arm.


Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Bringing a little Venice to Dublin Ireland

Here is the before and after of Rosyln who was body painted.  Unfortunately the body painter ran out of time and asked me to do a little improvisation.  It was a quick shoot, taking just under an hour and we hadn't planned on the open topped Dublin tourist vehicles that kept passing us being there on a quiet Sunday afternoon ;-)

My Exhibition in Tinakilly


So this is a photo of my very good friend Deidre Barry.  She curated my show for me in Tinakilly House Hotel and was there from the very start to the very end.  She has excellent taste and style (if you saw her house you'd know what I mean) and she knew just which images to hang where and made the whole thing look effortless as she tied knot after knot in catgut to get an image to hang just right.

There was a great turnout for the Festival Launch and for my exhibition and it was great to see some of my fellow flickr friends along with my friends and family turn up.  Thanks everyone for coming along.  You really made my day and to those of you who helped and offered to help, you know who you are, thanks so much.  I really appreciate it.  The photo above is one of my Mum and Dad and my four lovely girls who were a great help too
L to R  Rachel my daughter, my mother Eileen, my two youngest daughters Sarah and Audrey, my father Larry, my second eldest daughter Lara and me



This is Simon, Audrey and I, all looking terribly happy with ourselves at the end of the day.  And a great day it was.

Now its back to the drawing board to start work on some new images for my next exhibition whenever and wherever that may be and to get going on processing the photos from some of the photo shoots that I've done recently.







Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Book Cover

Untitled

 It was exciting to see my image being used for the dustcover of a book. The editor told me that he would send me a couple of copies so I'm looking forward to seeing those.

Besides organizing which images I'm going to use for an upcoming exhibition I've mostly been procrastinating because, well because that's what I do best of course.

I've one, two, three, four separate shoots that I've worked on recently still in the pipeline work wise. What can I say.
It's a long pipeline ???

But I do have plans and hope to have them all finished by the end of the week so to my lovely children; farewell