Photoshop is an art all of it’s own. The hours spent selecting the best of the images, that one with something special to it- be it a chance bird in the background, the absolutely perfect geometric composition, or the genuine expression… Taking that image further by processing and refining it, either accentuating its apparent beauty or manipulating it into something else entirely… Photoshop is a gift, a skill and a pain in the ass.
Here, I used myself as the ready model and took my self portrait along several varying pathways, creating very unique, rather beautiful finished pieces.
‘Move Me’- Artistic blurring by Mikayla Mazur
I had the pleasure of working with a new friend, Donnie Brasco, this past Friday afternoon. We met downtown and headed to a location that I’ve had my eyes on for quite a while now- Very industrial and rugged, with barbed wire, graffiti, the works. Donnie has some beautiful tattoo work done, that created an interesting continuity of lettering and illustration through the background of the images and onto his person.
‘Scription’ with Donnie Brasco and Mikayla Yale Photo.
After my day of classes my trigger finger was twitching and I was feeling relaxed and excited- that wonderful combination that is rather hard to come by in the fast tempo of daily beats that these shoes walk.
A break in the weather and light breeze had me drifting towards the Vancouver Art Gallery. The concrete features of the outdoor courtyard give way to a grande, sloping climb of concrete steps; an ideal perch for the urban traveller to soak in some of that rare, misted sunlight.
My camera and I watched a man doing an incredible, tribal dance inside the bare ice arena parallel to the steps.
We peeked to the right, at a man and his cigarette(s) doing some serious mulling.
Down the steps and to the left offered a handsome stranger, waiting. Just waiting.
As I shoot, I smile.
And then I met Peter.
His confidence and excitement to be in life, learning and exploring the world, was catching. We talked about technology and social media. He showed me some projects from school, studying technology and design. They were beautiful.
I showed him some photos and we shared our perspectives, enjoying new views and surprises found within the images.
Through our conversation, Peter agreed to do some modelling! I think these images turned out well. His wide mind and thirst for knowledge reminded me of a chalice, being poured into and filled via life. I posed Peter at the top of the stairs , sunlight highlighting his profile.