Welcome to this edition. The days are few and the
excitement is high as the inaugrual Pixiport
Expo,"Photography: Art In Focus" opens this Friday
evening at the Gold Leaf Gallery in Deland, Florida.
Final details are falling into position and many of the
artists have started to arrive. Nine of the sixteen artists
featured are scheduled to be present for the
One yet unannounced addition to the Expo
is the silent auction which will take place opening night.
Seven of the participating artists have each donated
one of their works to this auction. 50% of the auction
proceeds will be donated to the Photography section of
the Arts Department at Deland High School in Pixiport's
ongoing effort to not only promote the arts but offer
educational opportunity as well. "Hopefully these funds
will assist aspiring photo-artists in furthering their
endeavors", stated Helyn Davenport, the creator of
Pixiport and the Expo.
The Expo will run through October 20, 2002.
Carol Tipping-Caterpillar Portal
Published in Digital Photo User
magazine - on September 26th.
Making a multi-layered image, using
photos, painting and Blending Modes.
You can build up a picture from as many layers as you
want - as many as your computer's memory can cope
with! This picture, which will have over 30 layers of
photographs and painting, will have the appearance and
atmosphere of a Victorian Pre-Raphaelite painting, using
present day photographs.
1.Choose a background for the picture. If, like this one,
the subject is architectural, you may have to use the
Edit, Transform, Perspective command - to
straighten up the verticals. It is a good idea to have a
rough plan of the finished picture so that you can
choose your photographs from stock, or take new ones
especially for the picture. If you want to use an artist's
painting for inspiration, this is fine, because it gives you
a pre-ordained structure but the components of the
picture must be photographed by you. (It is NOT a good
idea to scan any part of another person's artwork
without permission, because of copyright.)
2. Make a loose selection of a figure, using the Lasso
Tool and super-impose, as a layer, on to the
background. In the Layers Palette, select Normal
blending mode. When making very loose selections, it is
easy to clean up the edges by going to Layers, Add
Layer Mask. Reveal All. Now take the paintbrush, and
paint around the edges of your selection, which you will
see disappearing. If you paint out too much, you can
use the keyboard command "X" and paint the edges
back in again. Toggle "X" and paint more background
and so on. Thus, using also a bit of magnification, it is
easy to get a perfect selection.
3. You can make a background sky by cloning
across from another photograph of a better-defined sky
on to a new layer and erasing the edges to fit the
background. You also may have to Edit,Transform,
Scale the new sky to fit the picture.
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||Ricardo Báez Duarte
This exhibit is basically a reflection focused on Solitude
considered as an intense and concentrated experience
of inner self, in a few words, pure unpolluted ego.
From this point of view, everything, detected in nature,
humanity, and artifacts is worth of pondering and
I was influenced by Proust's idea as revealed
on "Remembrance of Things Past" that reality is
perceived only through memories systematically
I constructed virtual memories from the data caught by
my camera and my photographic insight , reprocessed in
the computer ,and created an specific mood suited to
the expression of my deepest feelings with the aid of
excerpts by Schubert and Schuman.
Universidad Simón Bolívar, Caracas.
Licenciate in Mathematics 1976. University of California
at San Diego.
M.A in Mathematics,1978.
Music: Piano (classic); Harmony and Jazz improvisation
Visual Arts Workshop, Universidad Simón Bolívar,
Escuela Cristóbal Rojas
Computerized Stained Glass Design.
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I started giving my first steps in photography when I
was ten years old, first with black and white and later
on with color.
I am not sure what a kind of photography I do,
maybe I´ll never know because I like to experience
Only the love that I have for photography can take
me to have new experiences in lots of ways, finding a
little bit more about my self, and surprise me
constantly. I´m an eternal amateur in this fascinating
I participate and participe in some individual and
colective expositions.Some of my works found themself
published in newspapers, magazines and yearbooks, and
also commercial work.
I´ve had photography as a profession, but now
days I do it for my own pleasure, without limits or
Photography, for me, besides all adjectives that it might
have, it´s a support to my life memory.
I let myself go with my own feelings and the state of
mind of the moment...
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||Michael Colin Campbell
Michael Colin Campbell is an international award-winning
photographer and digital artist whose work is exhibited
and sold in galleries in England and America. He started
his photographic career, after leaving a 500 year old
boys school in England, as a research scientist at the
Kodak research lab in London, where he worked on
photographic color reproduction. After a year, he left to
attend university and pursue his love for the sciences.
Michael studied physics, geology, zoology and
astrophysics, and eventually completed his thesis for a
masters degree in geology by studying the oldest rock
formations in Britain on the island of Iona in the
Hebrides of Scotland. Despite his training in science his
hobbies and interests were mainly in the Arts and sport.
It was the fact that he was competing regularly for
Britain in the international track and field team that kept
him from leaving England to become a geologist, as he
graduated just prior to the Mexico Olympic games, so he
returned to Kodak, where for four years he taught
photographic technology to students from all over the
world at the Kodak Photographic School. In the 70s he
left Kodak to teach documentary film production at the
college in Salisbury.
Shortly after his move to Wiltshire, he bought a 200
year old abandoned school house from the landowner
and ex-prime minister Sir Anthony Eden, Sir Anthony
needed a portrait for a book cover and became
Michael's first commercial portrait client. Michael rebuilt
the school house and designed and made all the
furniture and landscaped the garden himself. While
teaching he worked part time as a freelance
documentary film cameraman and sound recordist for
His hobbies were painting and landscape photography
and in 1979 he decided to take a sabbatical and write
articles on the photography of Paul Caponigro and Ansel
Adams in the USA. He decided to stay a while in
California and became a professor at Cal Poly State
University for several years.
He bought his first Macintosh in 1984 and became
interested in the possibility of using it with photography.
He has been specializing in portraiture in his own
business in San Diego, where he lives with his ten year
old son Alex . but Michael is now publishing and selling
limited editions of digital photographic work ranging from
black and white landscapes to still life and figurative
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Born in 1960, I started my working life as an engineer.
During this time I formed a rock band and began a
venture into the world of entertainment. Although
ultimately my song writing was not a commercial
success, it did enable me to build up a network of
contacts. After first running an entertainment agency,
the contacts I made enabled me to be the first person
in the UK to start a Product Placement company,
specifically dealing with terrestrial television companies.
It was fascinating seeing first hand the behind the
scenes filming. Seeing the professionals in action
bolstered my keen interest in photography.
It was during this period that I became a freelance
photographer, undertaking diverse assignments from
models' portfolios, commercial shoots and weddings to
car sport, both in Britain and eventually Holland. But the
early nineties was a particularly turbulent period for me.
After losing both parents and getting a divorce, I took a
completely different path in life.
Eventually graduating as a psychiatric nurse and
specialising in forensic psychiatry, gave me a completely
new perspective on how one views the world. After
meeting my present wife, with her love and guidance I
began learning shamanic healing. The world as I knew it
changed. It would never be the same again. Delving into
the light and the dark depths of humanity, and actually
journeying in other realities, taught me that there
is 'more than one way to skin a cat'. Ten people can
witness a crash and tell ten different tales of how it
happened and what they saw. But each person will
believe what they witnessed was real
This is how I view the world through my camera. Each
initial image is only an impression of a real moment. But,
through digital manipulation, I can change that moment.
Using my imagination as a tool to create a new
impression, the final image may not resemble that first
impression, but isn't that how life sometimes reflects
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||The Voice Behind The Lens
THE ETHOS OF THE STREET
Or the Virtue of the "Morally
Neutral" Street Photograph
Historically, Street Photographers have been
of as having an ethos, or guiding belief, which closely
aligned them with the circumstances of the subjects of
their images. This belief likely stems from the
extraordinary images of several early and influential
Street Photographers who's social viewpoint was
inexorably intertwined with their photographs. Images
reflecting concerns over social inequality, racism, other
social ills and the tragedy of the Great Depression fused
their way into the American psyche as the primary
product of the Street Photographer.
However, the notion that the Street Photographer must
have such an ethos or sentiment, tying the image maker
to the plight of his or her subjects in order to make
significant images is not only a myth, it is an anti-
creative one. If such an ethos is required, our work by
definition is limited to subjects that we can connect to.
If we happen to be less connected, we necessarily will
make less meaningful images. And, if unfortunately
unconnected, we can make none. Image making beyond
this myth frees the Street Photographer to make
important images of what would otherwise be the
mundane. Released from the need to express a point of
view or, for that matter, to make politically correct
photographs, the photographer can make "morally
neutral" images reflecting what they see around them.
This opens the vast and under explored world of
everyday life to the Street Photographer making the
millions of potential images we see each day available to
us as subjects. The idea is not to make mundane
images, it is to capture what is meaningful or stimulating
in the everyday and to suffuse them with life.
Of course, this reasoning in no way negates the
creation and importance of images reflecting the ethos
of the photographer. There will always be the need for
images makers to expose what they see and believe. In
fact, I am certain that most of us share this belief and
it is part of the reason we view and make Street
Photographs. I only advocate freedom from the
requirement of always expressing our sentiments in our
image making. This allows us to explore the captivating
in the daily circumstances of our lives, no matter where
we live or who we encounter.
An icon reflecting the despair of the Great Depression is
Dorothea Lange's MIGRANT MOTHER. (Each
photographer mentioned in this article along with sites
exhibiting some of their work on the internet are listed
at the end of this article.) The photograph represented
to the American public the terrible tragedy of the Great
Depression through one family's plight and was one of
many such images in a great body of her work on the
subject. The image depicts a mother in a lean-to tent,
in obvious despair looking out into a hostile and
neglectful world. Two of her children are facing away
from the camera taking comfort from their mother, while
a baby, barely visible is in her arms.
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||Art of Internet Photography
Photographer BACIAR presents nudes, but these are
very special nudes, and I reckon you will not have seen
anything like this before. In a biography on his site,
Anna Moran says " The human beings portrayed on the
photographs are more like bronze statues or stone
sculptures than actual people, giving the photography a
further abstraction and meaning to the ideas
represented by the artist"
The images are certainly an acquired taste, but are
wonderfully different, and I love the "glow" they exude.
To view the series, just use the back and forward
buttons on his page.
There are just some images that have universal appeal.
I am sure that if JULIA BECKER-BENDER were to market
this image it would sell a million times over, because it
has that special something which is timeless and
Told you didn't I !!!!!!
Although this next image is small, it has that special
something worthy of a mention on this page.
ROBERT BROWN has produced a simple but very
effective silhouette which just shouts the
word "atmosphere" at you.
I fell in love with these eyes !
JAMES G BREY takes good portraits, and again the
I have featured the work of STEVEN J BROWN on a
previous site, and I can now introduce him to all PixiPort
readers. His images of trains and railroads are
something very special. What I like about his imagery is
that it not only shows the trains, but also portrays the
countryside in such a vivid and atmospheric way. As a
taster take a look at these.
The Art Of Internet Photography...... »