Artwork Feature At Lensblr.com

Many thanks to Lensblr.com for featuring my photomontage art today! The folks there were kind enough to highlight my recent piece, “Find What You Love,” which I created earlier this month. Here’s what it looks like at Lensblr:

"Find What You Love" by rsmithing

My art featured at Lensblr.com. Click to see more of my art at 500px.

Lensblr is a site that, in its own words, “advocates the original photographers on Tumblr — the ‘creators’ in the Tumblr world.” The site focuses specifically on Tumblr, where it seeks to “bring more attention to the creative works of the content creators on Tumblr.”

Social Media, Art and Blogging All In One

This is great for a Tumblr newbie like myself, since only recently do I understand Tumblr – which is exciting for more reasons than just having my artwork featured. I never would have discovered Lensblr were it not for the direct suggestion of another Tumblr user at Darkdisturbingbeautiful, who suggested I submit my art to Lensblr after having followed my blog and then messaging me through the site. Thanks again, Jason!

Adding to the experience, Tumblr user zombodystripe messaged me asking about how I created the piece. My reply made for a neat post on Tumblr all by itself, since adding images and links in replies is just as easy there as blogging. Here’s what I said about my process:

Q via zombodystripe: How did you do Find What You Love on your iPhone? Is there an app? What is it called? I’d love to try it!

My reply via Tumblr

My reply via Tumblr

A: For Find What You Love I took three photos with the Hipstamatic app: the treetops, the peeling paint and the flowers. I put them all together in a now-extinct app called Photoforge2, but you can use any app that supports layers (like Filterstorm, Superimpose, others). I set layer modes according to light/dark for blending — mainly using overlay mode. Finally, I masked out areas I wanted to keep or erase, then merged all layers and did overall sharpening/exposure adjustments to bring it together. I use things like vignettes and textures to unify also, so everything has a similar feel. If you like this, definitely check out more of my photomontages at 500px, and especially the work of Jerry Uelsmann - he is the grand master of montages and my inspiration. And he does all this by hand with film in the darkroom. More on him at this post I did at my blog: “Learning From The Masters.”

Sites like Lensblr greatly enrich the Tumblr experience – and I don’t just say that because they featured my stuff. Definitely check it out if you’re into creative photography and images.

What do you think? What’s something you’ve been turned on to by way of social media or a blog? Was it a temporary interest, or did it further a lasting connection? Let us hear from you in the comments.

 

2 thoughts on “Artwork Feature At Lensblr.com

  1. Ashley

    Hi Richard,

    I always love when I discover and fall in love with something I found on social media. For example, I discovered Florence and the Machine’s original “Dog Days Are Over” video (with the clowns) in the sidebar of Youtube when I was watching something else like four years ago. What a gift! I’m such a fan.

    I really like your quote: “find what you love and let it kill you” and your photography. You would make an awesome coffee table book!

    -Ashley

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    1. rsmithing

      Very cool that you remember that moment of discovery, Ashley, and I agree — it really is sort of a gift from the universe when a discovery turns into a favorite, especially in art or music.

      And I must make one thing clear: the author Charles Bukowski is the source of “Find what you love and let it kill you.” I just did a play on that as a two-part phrase for my image, co-opting the first part of his phrase for the official title, while adding “and let it set you free” as my own thought to accompany the art.

      Thank you so much for sharing your experience and suggesting a coffee table book. If I get my writing chops up to Bukowski’s, I agree… that would indeed be awesome. :)

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