Shadow Play

I recently started working on my collage work again. I like telling stories or attempting to create narratives through the collage work that I do. Sometimes i have a theme and sometimes I just experiment to see what can be created organically.

I created this one late night this week. I set up my gear preparing for a portrait shoot. Lights, background, and camera on a tripod.  But instead of standing in front of the linen background, I stood behind it and set the lights up behind me. This cast an large shadow on the natural linen fabric.

This sounds straight forward, but on a VERY warm May night on the east coast it involved tripping over wires and cats, sweating in front of large, hot lights and lots of frustration in getting the right position before the camera timer took the shot. Sweat and tears and then an hour of looking at the images and trying to combine them in an interesting way. It’s good practice for the creative mind but experimenting with something new is fun but can be incredibly frustrating!

So…shadows. I think I can see potential. It’s an idea. Something I need to perfect. I’m going to return to this idea this week and attempt to get some more shadow shots. For now, I simple share this collage.

“Gift” 2015.

Have a great weekend everyone! I’m getting ready for a weekend of work work work! How about you?! Hope you make it a good one!

Tessa
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Week in Pictures – May in Pennsylvania

Hello!

What a gorgeous week of weather here in Pennsylvania. This past week I was lucky enough to spend a lot of time outside.  I spent last weekend in a small town in central PA visiting some friends which was a nice slow down. This weekend I’m looking forward to planting in our plot at the community garden!

I’ve been revamping my photography website and adding some of my newer still life images. I’m proud of the way my site is coming along. Check it out! tessadowns.com

I’d like to share some images from the past few weeks. I’ve been busy creating new photography postcards, editing new still life images and attempting to get my photographic work out into the world! It’s mostly a lot of “behind the computer screen” work so I hope to get it done so I can spend next week making photographs next week!

What’s inspiring you all lately? Drop me a note! Say hello! 🙂

Tessa

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Morris Arboretum

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Patrick Dougherty: Stickworks

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Philadelphia

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Easter flowers

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Reading The Elegance of the Hedgehog by Muriel Barbery.

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Apartment hunting.

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Home still life

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