Alright, so one of my favorite bloggers, whom I’ve been following for years, is this photographer by the name of Leanne Cole. While I’ve been around these parts a lot less frequently than I used to be, her blog has continued to be one that inspires me. Recently, I saw a post where she featured surrealist photographer Erik Johannson.
OH. MY. GOD.
The works on this photographer’s site are so beautiful, I was immediately inspired to do something myself.
So… I’d like to introduce Escape of the Inner Self.
To be honest, I didn’t have a process (I never have a process, probably because I’ve never been a “making plans” kind of person). I started with a fairly simple idea, me coming out of my own mouth. I had to use myself because I appear to be my only willing and available subject, at the moment.
This didn’t go anywhere near as smoothly as I thought it would (likely because I didn’t plan it out). At first, I setup my little studio with my continuous lighting setup, two point coming from the same side because I knew the back part of me was going to need to be in some pretty deep shadow. I had originally taken one on the green screen with my mouth agape, but apparently I didn’t get close enough on my own face, which left a lot of space. With my head being too small (something I’ve never been accused of having in real life), I was going to have to blow up the original photo, and of course we all know what happens when you enlarge a photo from a smaller size.
I ultimately ended up having my girlfriend take another photo of me using my Samsung Galaxy S8. Let me tell you, that camera is on point and makes a pretty great backup. In this case, I used it because I wasn’t inclined to setup my studio again and I could take out anything I didn’t want in the background.
Some part of me regrets taking the photo with my S8, because the camera definition is so high that, looking at this photo, I realize I am in very bad need of a facial. Now if I can manage that without having to shave…
As my work progressed, I realized I was missing something: a background. Of course, given the late hour and my own lack of patience, I opted to use an area of my apartment as the background.
After importing my photos into Photoshop CC 2018, I spent a few hours putting everything together, erasing things, refining details with an agonizing amount of precision (I mean, I had to get down to the pixel at times), this is the end result:
This image is kind of a representation of how I generally feel from day to day, like I’m constantly trying to escape my own thoughts.
Okay, so it’s a rudimentary piece of work, but it’s a start. I’m kind of excited because I’m intending to work at surrealist photography, mostly because it looks like so much fun.
What do you think for first attempt? I know, I know, needs work, but we all have to start somewhere, don’t we?
Stay tuned for more and thank you for visiting!