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My final is about a journey learning a new skill set. 

I’ve been going to Bombay Beach since lockdown just to get out. Starting this final back in April with the intention of exploring composite, I required a massive intake of art.  Some of the images that I mixed with the photos for this class are from previous desert trips, some from other vacations, some of the other art is illustrations, but every composite has an image I took for this class.  I am trying everything.

I did not choose to submit depth of field examples, as the display of composition comes from the composite itself, but I did try and make a night photo out of an image shot during the day.

I do have 2 websites, but chose to submit blog style, so I can walk you through this journey.

I found it important to share some images only slightly edited to show what I can do just right out of the camera.

The Flamingo with Jeane Monroe
Barn Wedding with Jeane Monroe

At some point I discovered compositing apps, and found them very fun but limiting, as I am stuck with whatever art the app gives me to play with.

This is where the story begins.

Below you will find the original, then the in-app cellphone edit (which cannot be enlarged to the print size I want), followed by an edit I tried to do myself in Photoshop using a licensed illustration I paid for from Adobe Stock. This exercise gave me scope. The composite apps helped with vision, but proper licensing is important too.

Jeane Monroe as the Peacock

The Cell Phone Composite
My first attempt at composite with just Photoshop

I originally did 3 photos composited with Illustrations to complete the set that goes with the Peacock image above.

Bewitched with Jeane Monroe
Bewitched with Jeane Monroe – Revisited
The Flower Dress with Jeane Monroe – Original
The Flower Dress with Jeane Monroe – Revisited

After the above 3 photo/illustration composites, I had the honor of becoming friend on social media with the teacher. I also did some extra credit composites as well….there was a comment or a tone where it sounded like the work would have been more impressive if I composited without the cellphone app, and using all my own work. I took it as a challenge and started reworking some of what I had.

I also wanted to see how studio portraits would composite, as I hear the blend in lighting could be difficult.

Small Flowers with Andrea Davis
Merged with a scorpion image I took for Photo100 on a Canon AE1
White Paper Dress with Andrea Davis
Merged with a image from the V&A museum from a vacation in 2017.
Paper Flower Dress with Andrea Davis
Merged with another image from 2017

And finally, the images below show going from twilight into night in the composite. I was making a Christmas card.

Christmas with Jeane Monroe
Merged with a image from 2019.

These are not perfect, but they make me proud.  The amount I learned was immense and I know where I want to keep going.  I thought I was going to be able to submit early, and it’s 2 hours till due and I am still watching youtube videos.  

Thank you again for a fabulous semester!

2 Comments

  1. Just want to say how blown away I am by your work. You have a singular vision and I am struck by your fearlessness, work ethic, and most of all by your artist’s eye. It’s a lot of fun waiting to see what you’ll do next!


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