Studio Session with Fitness Consultant

Dana and I have been friends since we were 9 years old. What makes our friendship special is that from 2008 we've been there to help each other creatively, it was also the year she started her business.

This shoot in particular has its own story to tell behind the scenes. Neither of us wanted to be there, it was winter in Chicago and we were both tired from working long hours.  Because of the respect we have for each other and our time, neither of us wanted to cancel. 

Walking over to the studio I shifted my perspective and reminded myself to focus on Dana. Once we got to it everything started to click and each shot was better than the next. I could start to see the vision for a story unfold, it was a vision that neither I nor Dana had anticipated going into the shoot.

We spent two hours in studio and I am proud to say that there is no PhotoShop here. Sometimes, being true to your friendship, being honest and working with someone who goes with the flow really works. This shoot is proof. 

You can follow her at www.danacarney.com

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Experimental Techniques

In my Spring Semester of 2018 at Columbia College I took a class call that reached my core creatively: Experimental Techniques. We learned three processes where we had to apply photographic emulsion to a surface which included: Cyanotypes, Van Dyke Brown and Rollei emulsion (for tin types and other surfaces). It felt so great to be back in the darkroom working again. I get lost in process and transformation of the unknown in the darkroom. These images are a look into my final project for the class. For me, the things that I love most are the mistakes and imperfections that are unique on their own. This collection of images are some of my personal favorite nature photography and disc golf shots from over the years, all of the images were originally taken using a digital camera and I created the negatives through Photoshop and printed them on transparent film.

Compass Plant.jpg
Belmont Prairie Sunset 2.jpg
Crater Lake Wildflowers.jpg
Crater Lake Jeweled Wildflower.jpg
High Bridge Disc Golf.jpg
Clains.jpg
Disc Golf Reflection.jpg
Grass and Droplets Tin Type.jpg
Flower Contrast.jpg
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Starry Night Disc Golf.jpg
Water Reeds.jpg
CKB Silhouette.jpg
Fermi Lab.jpg
West Chicago.jpg
Oregon Pine.jpg
Belmont Prairie Wildflower.jpg
Vibram.jpg
LEL Crater Lake.jpg
Belmont Prairie Sunset.jpg
Belmont Prairie.jpg
Disc Golf Basket Glow.jpg
Flower Highlight.jpg
Starved Rock Milipede.jpg
KLM Disc Golf Park.jpg
Wheat Sunset.jpg
Winter's Edge.jpg
Morton Basket.jpg
Glowing Grasses.jpg

Questions and comments are welcomed and appreciated.

-LEL