My Latest Surrealist Photomontage:
Views of fire-scarred trees from Yellowstone, an aerial shot of the Potomac river, and a stylized angle of local sculpture (copy of Gloria Victis by Antonin Mercié) blend together in this surrealist photomontage. I chose the title to combine the multiple interpretations of “immaterial” meaning “spiritual, rather than physical,” or “unimportant or irrelevant under certain circumstances.” I like the notion that an angelic form can encapsulate these concepts and at the same time the viewer can take in the sky-bound point of view that an angel might have, with all of this framed among remnants of trees and new growth spawning from a forest fire — even such devastation can be immaterial in that it is required for new growth. Check out more of my photomontage art at rsmithings.com.
What do you think? Ever created a piece of art blending unrelated elements to achieve a unified message? Does this kind of art resonate with you? What is your interpretation at first glance? Let us hear from you in the comments.
Family Fare BP, Winston-Salem, NC
I’m here several times a week. Neighborhood c-store. One night, the perfect photo op presented itself. Love it when that happens. Leading lines, lighting, lack of interference, and a moment to realize. Art is everywhere; we just have to notice it.
What do you think? Ever noticed beauty in ordinary surroundings? Do you see the world differently because of studying photos or another type of experience? Let us hear from you in the comments.
I dig the convergence of technology and time here in one brief second, now extended to the world and infinity. Here’s a snapshot of one of our modern photographic ancestors I modified with the amazing ToonPaint iPhone app, after shooting with Hipstamtic (a modern-retro simulator, no less). I found the camera at a sweet vintage shop called “Ideas” on Burke Street, Winston-Salem, NC. Original here.
What do you think? Do you see a connection between analog cameras and today’s mobile photography? What apps or camera discoveries have you made lately? Let us hear from you in the comments.
Trade St. & Tree | See full size at 500px | Originals at Flickr
I’ve been meaning to document this doorway for a while. I ride by it at least a few dozen times every month. So it only felt right to work it into a montage. I snapped an image of it using Hipstamatic one day while waiting at a traffic light. Later, I realized it would be more interesting with the door part obscured and replaced with an image of a tree. I snapped the tree photo in the moment, especially for this image. But it still needed at least one more element, so I browsed through my repository of unfettered originals from here and there, and found the perfect complement in this outdoor light from a bar, Single Brothers, a few blocks up from where the door exists.
So, I mix all this together in Photoforge2 with masks, a border, varying levels of curves/levels/clarification adjustments, and here we are: an image to accurately represent my creative vision that also represents a part of my city. There’s even more of Winston-Salem, on Instagram, courtesy the good folks at Airtype and their Winstagram project.
What do you think? Ever seen any interesting doorways in your city? What would you create in a photomontage? Let us hear from you in the comments.
- Belief in the One True Power: Foto Fridays (rsmithing.com)
- At Sunset in November… (benjiinteriors.wordpress.com)
- Woodpecker, blackbird on balcony (dearkitty1.wordpress.com)
- Hipstamatic Urban Astoria (batribune.wordpress.com)
- Traffic (mildlymixed.wordpress.com)
- Hipstamatic Haiku Sunday (blissfuladventurer.wordpress.com)
Photo taken at breakfast, Cloverdale Kitchen, Winston-Salem, NC.
Here’s what I’m thankful for this Thanksgiving: discovering the Gobbler Galore at Bob’s Big Gas Subs & Pub. It’s a traditional Thanksgiving meal all in one single, delicious package: turkey, cranberries and mashed sweet potatoes topped with stuffing and gravy. IN A SUB. And it totally works.
I’m no food blogger, but Bob’s Gobbler Galore warrants documenting.
It’s only available three days a year, and I’ve consumed one on two of those days. It probably would have been all three if I’d known about it on Monday.
Bob’s Big Gas Subs & Pub
Located in in Winston-Salem, NC in a building from 1938, Bob’s serves up a range of subs and other goodies, all with super-friendly service in a stylishly casual environment. Check them out if you’re in the area. Here’s what folks are saying over at Yelp and Urbanspoon.
Besides the Gobbler Galore, I personally recommend trying the Sassy Kat sub. Or if you’re really hungry, go for Bob’s Big Gastrointestinal Challenge, as made famous (infamous?) by local newscaster, Nicole Ducouer. You can even get a dollar off with this coupon from Carolina podcasters, The Less Desirables.
What do you think? Ever had a meal in a sandwich? Would you try a Gobbler Galore? What are you thankful for this time of year? Let us hear from you in the comments.
When an afternoon thunderstorm sends you into the right spot at the right time…
Mooney’s Mediterranean Cafe, Winston-Salem, NC.
Click to see more like this on the Pinterest board of my iPhoneography.
Downtown on a Saturday just after the start of a thunderstorm was the perfect place for this quick snapshot of a peaceful moment, reflecting on the day so far and the future ahead, while anticipating Mooneys‘ excellent shawerma over hummus. In retrospect, I’m grateful for having the technology and inclination to document the moment. It was one of those simple times that’s easy to forget, but worthwhile to remember.
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What do you think? Ever serendipitously documented a moment that you only realized later? Ever wish you’d done that? How do you think you might do that in the future? Let us hear from you in the comments!
Join the Pin Party!
A pin party is where bloggers get together and pin each other’s posts. This is my first time trying one, inspired by Sarah Dawn Designs.
Pin Party Rules:
- Visit at least two other links and pin two projects from the authors’ blog.
- Add Sarah’s button somewhere on your blog, whether it is in the post itself or on the side.
- Link to a specific post and it must be something you wrote or created.
- No give-aways or other link parties.
- Please limit your submissions to 3 or 4 projects.
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It just so happened that my phone was ready for a quick snapshot when I got up to the bar last night. This bartender’s ace-up-the-sleeve tattoo, literally up a sleeve (though not the typical sleeve tattoo), makes an appropriate background for a highball glass alight with a candle. Shot with an iPhone4, processed using Noir and Dynamic Light. Check out my iPhoneography board for similar stuff. Cheers.
What do you think? Ever seen a cool tattoo at an appropriate moment for a photo opportunity? Do you take photos more often with your phone or with a camera? Let us hear from you in the comments!