I first learned about “Surreal Dreamscapes” and “Mirror Dreamscapes” in a workshop in New Brunswick taught by Freeman Patterson and André Gallant. The workshop was pivotal to my further photographic development because it reinforced the idea that not ALL photography has to be “realistic”. Since then, I’ve explored quite a few ways of altering the renditions of my subjects–at first with film and, later, with digital files.
My presentation will describe and, on a basic level, demonstrate, these two techniques learned in the workshop. I will also distribute detailed handouts with instructions for making these dreamscapes.
A “Surreal Dreamscape” (now often called an “Ortonization” after Michael Orton, a Canadian photographer who first used the technique) involves combining an in-focus image and a defocused image of the same subject, both shot from the same vantage point.
“Mirror Dreamscapes”, in the digital age, involve copying the original image onto another layer and flipping it horizontally or vertically atop the original image. Then, manipulation of the Blending Modes and/or Opacity slider produces an image in which one half of the image “mirrors” the other half.
Date: Monday, January 21, 2013
Time: 7:00 – 9:00 pm.
Location: Lone Tree Civic Center, 8527 Lone Tree Parkway, Lone Tree, CO. (Meeting is downstairs to the rear.) There is an elevator for anyone who prefers to use it. Guests are welcome!