Photography and Photoshop Art: Reality Reimagined
Photography and Photoshop Art: Reality Reimagined
The very first image that I took in Arizona, is the image of Heather Renee Nance with the whip, standing with the other members of the Agents of Lust. That was in early January of 2017.
I had never been to a shoot like this and no one knew who I was. My hope was to be able to find a few adventurous souls that would want to collaborate on an idea. I shot with two groups that day and felt like I had no business being in such a place where I had really, no idea what was going on.
One year later I found myself standing in the same junkyard, at a similar event and this time I got waves and shouts of “hey there!” from people who knew me and the work that I could do. I got a big bear hug from the man himself, James Sasser and once again had the chance to tell a story with images, featuring Heather. This shoot was a wonderful reminder to me on how much can change, in a relative short amount of time.
I have made some truly great connections and friendships over the past year in Arizona and I am so excited to continue this journey.
See you all, out there!
Models: Heather Renee Nance, Rance Granthrax Jorgensen and Britni Nance
Location: Reed’s Junkyard
Organized by: James Sasser
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
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Star Wars HYPE!
I shot this image at an annual comic book convention held in Atlanta called Dragon Con 2015. This year they had over 72,000 attendees, a record breaking year for them and it was also my first time being there.
I did my research before entering into this nerd-photographer-gauntlet and spoke with some of the most seasoned Convention photographers out there. The challenge communicated to me was space and lack of equipment as the hotels where the cosplayers congregate do not allow you to use any light stands or equipment that can cause traffic congestion.
That made sense to me when I stood in a sky tunnel connecting to hotels with about five hundred bodies, shoulder to shoulder and I’m pretty sure the tunnel could only accommodate 100 comfortably.
This fantastic cosplayer, Miss Sinister Cosplay had a ring of photographers and speedlites firing away at her and she was posing with two other Stormtroopers (not featured in this composite) to the joy of a huge gathering of folks. She was kind enough to engage with other cosplayers that came up to her for a quick shot and she even had a mock battle with a younger boy cosplaying a Jedi. Needless to say I think he had weekend making moment and also probably had his first real crush 🙂
I shot this without a flash as camera mounted wasn’t doing anyone any justice. But a bit of love from the Raw Converter and a few stock images later – the Sith scene is born and barely holding my need to see Star Wars at bay.
Hope you like!
Spock in a blue Sciences uniform is not my guy.
Captain Spock is – particularly when he became Captain of the Federation Starship, Enterprise. Now granted, the Enterprise had been reduced to being a 23rd century school room for eager cadets to explore those strange new worlds, but they had one of the BEST teachers Starfleet could offer. They had the pointed ear keeper of logic himself.
But more than that. They had the man that knew how to balance Captain Kirk.
See I grew up being Captain Kirk in my mind. And not the Kirk in the gold Command uniform of the 60’s series, but the Kirk that was an Admiral (whatever that meant, at the time) and was still the emotional man that was the leader. He could smile, he could laugh – he could rub his chin in suspicion before ordering a yellow alert and he could slide down a vertical ladder using nothing but his fear that his best friend was about to die before his eyes. But as I watched my hero, Admiral Kirk, hold his hand to a pane of glass and cry out in loss, “no.” I knew that I couldn’t just be Kirk if I was to survive this life. I had to be something more than just my emotions.
And that was when I realized that I was also, Captain Spock.
After all, Captain Spock was willing to be a teacher, rather than be the thrill seeker the Admiral was addicted to being. Captain Spock was willing to be the “its okay; you can be large and in charge Tiberius, – I’ll just hang and balance you out, as usual.”
And when it came time, Captain Spock was willing to die for the many, because their needs out weighed the needs of the few. Or the one.
If you understand nothing of what I’m talking about, then I highly encourage you to watch Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan. It’ll change your life.
I quickly understood, more than ever, that I was Admiral Kirk – in life. And equally I understood that if I were to be a better man, I was going to have to be Captain Spock, too.
I learned what it was to be a hero, from my friend, Admiral Kirk.
I learned what it was to be a friend and to begin to know peace, from my friend Captain Spock.
Dear Mr. Nimoy,
I know that you are not Captain Spock. You are just an artist that played a character to the greatest of your talent for many years. You also reached well beyond that particular role, to expand your horizons as an artist. As I left my acting future behind me to embrace a new future of photography, I always took solace in the fact that you sir, were a brilliant actor and photographer, all at the same time. You weren’t too bad a singer – that Bilbo Baggins song just wouldn’t be the same.
I’m sure you’ve heard this a million times – but you taught me logic. More importantly, you taught me how to use logic, to find peace in my heart and my soul. For that, I will always be eternally grateful.
All I have left, sir, is the final words that you left us with – in your real life: ” A life is like a garden. Perfect moments can be had, but not preserved, except in memory. LLAP.”
And for the life that you wore like a Captain’s uniform, the final words that you taught me: “May you live long and prosper.”
At the very least, I hope you find the afterlife, “fascinating.”