Friday, March 16, 2012

Inspiration Avenue: Vintage photos

This week Shel asked us to get out our vintage cameras and take vintage photos for the Inspiration Avenue weekly challenge. OK, I admit, that was my interpretation of the challenge. I honestly wanted to make an assemblage, and I still plan to make it, but I spent two and a half days just looking for the pieces I had saved for the piece. I finally realized the old photography book and old slides must have been pitched when I had my flood last year.


All I could find was the box I was going to use for the assemblage, and a few of pieces I had planned to incorporate in the assemblage. The rest were long gone, even though I had been so careful to keep it all together. Ironically, I had planned to use this photo as my "materials list," so I'm sure by the time I get around to making this assemblage, the heater will be gone and the rosin paper gracing my table will have been replaced.

So unable to carry out Plan A, I turned to digital art instead. Of course I had to go with my favorite subject.


I'm not completely sure he looks all that good in film, but he looks even better



in this larger size. Unfortunately you have to click on the photo to see it in its entirety. For all these photos, I used Photofunia, a web site that converts your photos into some pretty cool effects. This one was perfect for the challenge Shel gave us.


Just look how my guy looks in black and white, and


sepia, which the site calls "retro." I can't believe how long it took me to create these images. I seem to have a blind spot (and time intensive labor constraints) when it comes to digital art. But my thanks go to Shel and the rest of the Inspiration Avenue team for this awesome challenge. I really DID have fun with this one, and I suspect Bleubeard appreciates it, too.Link

23 thoughtful remarks:

Tuire said...

I´m a bit late with my WOYWW round... so I leave my comment here. Your office looks a very nice place with all the windows.
Your photos looks wonderful, too. Bleubeard looks always wonderful!!! So intense gaze in his eyes.
Have a lovely weekend!
Hugs
Tuire

Dianne said...

Bluebeard seems to accept the role of model with such dignity! a very handsome fellow...cool results for the challenge, black & white and sepia photos...those were the days. love 'em. great work!

Caterina Giglio said...

great photos E! I especially like the big one in the middle and of course Bleubeard! x

Terrie said...

This is a great photo of photo stuff (and Bleubeard too of course) and perfect for the IA challenge. I better get busy on my entry.... As for the Country Crock - I'm a real butter person myself but hubby insists on this butter wannabe stuff. I must admit it does make good storage pieces! I finished my AB lesson 3 stuff yesterday so will be posting my progress today - oh, except for one question. When you talk about reinforcing the 2nd 'bubble' page next to the cover, is the reinforcement between the 2 glued pages or between the glued and stitched pages? After I add that, then I'm done.....

Dandelion and Daisy said...

Fun effects! Digital photo altering always sounds interesting to me I just don't have much patience with learning the techniques. Bluebeard is a handsome fellow in any color!

Dosfishes at Sparkle Days Studios said...

He looks mighty darn cut in all his iterations! xox

505whimsygirl said...

Oh, Bluebeard looks great in both black and white and sepia.

Hugs,
Kay

elle said...

Bleubeard is looking good!

Monica said...

What better model and i love the composition.

JoZart said...

Interesting, somewhat fascinating post. Love the old camera and the pics of Bleubeard.
JoZarty x

Halle said...

He certainly is a handsome devil. Love the B&W series. Awesome photo BTW of the camera and film.

kimmie said...

did you get a new camera? you've got some great focusing in this shot of the old camera supplies .... wonderful job with staging it all too! ... and I have to say, Bleubeard is one handsome cat - and so photogenic too :)

Shoshi said...

What an interesting post! Love the antique photo look, and the lovely camera and film, not to mention beautiful Bluebeard! He makes an excellent photographic model.

Thanks for your comment on my blog, which made me smile! You can SEE it's not a screensaver - you've got icons on your screen lol lol!! Anyway, whatever, I love it - it's so intriguing!

There's no guarantee that my Choc-a-Bloc projects won't turn out a total failure, so please don't hold your breath!!

Spent most of today setting up the new TV with the Sky box - an awful lot of grovelling behing the TV with a torch, and my original wiring setup didn't work how I wanted, so lots of trial and error, but it's FANTASTIC now it's done!! My hubby and I are both very pleased! Now I've got to get myself off my backside on the settee and back into my ARTHaven and start creating again!

Shoshi

~*~Patty S said...

Oh wonderful wonderful photos...Photofunia sure does make it easy AND Fun! your handsome kitty kat made the perfect subject too!
Happy St Paddy's Day oxo

Healing Woman said...

I'm so glad you showed a close up of the camera. What a beauty, as is Bluebeard and the perfect model!!

Craftymoose Crafts said...

That a fun entry for the challenge. I especially like Bluebeard in sepia!

Diane ~ said...

great photos and your treatment of Bluebeard was perfect! thanks too for the tip of Photofunia, i am looking for a replacement of Picnic which closes soon. and thanks so much for stopping by my blog! :)

Lou Anne said...

An assemblage! What a great idea. Before I run off to gather objects for my own assemblage on vintage photography, I must compliment you on your creative approach. I'm picturing Bluebeard in an actual photo booth and you trying to stay out of the picture. Very fun!

see you there! said...

What a great entry. I don't have a clue about digital art but the site you used seems to offer a great effect. Love Bleubeard's photo strip.

Darla

kirstin mcculloch said...

I love your photograph! Great interpretation of this weeks prompt!

artangel said...

What a shame you lost some of your materials for your mixed media piece, but every cloud has a silver lining - if you hadn't you'd never have created these fabulous images!

I adore these film strip pictures - both effects are wonderfully atmostpheric. Will definitely have to try out that site, thanks for sharing it :)

Magpie said...

Bleubeard is a great subject! Please tell him that I know he's not really "vintage" and he's a very handsome young dude in reality! I love how you've set up this vignette, very nice.

You've just reminded me, I have an old (60s or 70s) Nikon camera that took the most amazing photos. I've had no digital camera since that can compare (I'm sure only because I don't buy the pricey ones). But, of course, I would need film to use it again, and how inconvenient to have prints made and then scanned to put on the computer...things sure do change :)

gma said...

This is totally cool. I will check out photofuni to see what fun I can have there, Thanks.
:-)