How I Became a Photographer and Photoshop Photo-Manipulator
!In kindergarten when my turn came to tell the teacher "what do you want to be when you grow up" I boldly announced that I was going to be "a fairy, with pink and purple wings"! While this destiny was impossible to achieve, creating art that emulated my dreams was to be a close second!
By the time I was in grade two I had become an avid science fiction and fantasy reader ... thus reaffirming my initial life ambition and refueling my imagination!
Hand in hand with my interest in fantasy and science fiction my mother taught me that creativity was a marvelous remedy for childhood woes and boredom; art became an important part of my life for both recreation and emotional stability but something was missing.
I was drawn to the sciences, technology and math; the world that existed outside the classic artistic mediums. (I realize now that I was somewhat of a geek.) There was no medium that truly appealed to me and I tried most of them. Eventually photography and writing became my go-to arts being a blend of the technical and artistic.
In the early 1990's a friend introduced me to computers and computer graphics. That is when it finally coalesced. I had access to computers and a new medium to play with! In 1996 I bought my first computer; within days I knew I was hooked! Here, at last, was a tool that enabled me to take my photography far beyond what I could accomplish in a darkroom. By blending my dreams with photos I could finally satisfy both the geek and the artist.
While I am still not a fairy (with pink and purple wings), amateur photography, computers and Photoshop have given me a world of pixels and light where I realize not only that youthful dream but go far beyond! Now both the artist and the technician have the means to fly!
NOTE: I am an amateur photographer with strong Photoshop skills. Most of my work is post processed in Photoshop and many images are full Photo-manipulation. The work I do is primarily with my own photos but in some of my images I use stock photos of model taken by other photographers (always with full usage permission by photographer and/or model). I always note when a model (taken by a different photographer) is used and include, were possible, contact info. Thank you, Nancie
Current Residence: West Coast, Canada
Favourite genre of music: Ambient (but not too laid back), world, classical, blues (old style, not electronic), jazz
Favourite photographer: Wynn Bullock, Imogen Cunningham, Julia Margaret Cameron, Jim Brandenburg, Brooke Shaden ... to name just a few
Favourite style of art: Fantasy, surreal, macabre (digital painting/photo-manipulation)
Operating System: Windows 10
Favourite cartoon character: Scrat from Ice Age (the sabertooth squirrel)
Personal Quote: On the road of life one should occasionally go barefoot.
So sorry for the very loonnnng delay, it has been a crazy year (for me and everyone else). I took on a project for the Photo Club I belong to, then we decided to have new floors installed in our home (by my nephew, so it we someone in our "bubble"). That meant moving what seemed like the whole house into the basement! Then the actual installation, which is just about finished. On top of that I completely missed your comment!
So, (other than all that stuff) things are sort of okay ...my husband has been ill but we are making it through so far. Still doing a lot of art. During the lock down I started doing self-portraits and have had a lot of fun with them. I am going to try and get them posted on dA but never seem to have the time or inclination to post stuff. I will be posting a Video soon that is a compilation of most of the images I have created and a link to the Photograpy Group Project I was working on.
Hope all is well with you, I see you are still creating incredible artwork! I particularly love your Mermaids, so unique, lovely, tragic and dynamic! Congrats on all the book covers, so beautiful.
Hope to talk soon hugs back Nancie
Hey Nancie, sorry for late reply! I'm not active here anymore. If you have Instagram (Daniela Owergoor), please, add me there if you want.
I'm so glad you ar okay and the time you was absent was just a time you took for your priorities. I know how much work reforming house give us.
Thank you so much for all your support to my art, much appreciated!