IMAGES 2015: CT Photography Competition

It’s time once again for Connecticut’s 34th photography competition. Artists’ Award Reception: Sunday, March 22, 3pm – 5pm (Awards presented at 4pm) All events take place at the Mill Gallery @ Guilford Art Center, 411 Church Street, Guilford, CT. This year I submitted 6 pieces, and 3 of them got in! Whoo hoo! Here’s a snapshot of the 6 pieces (One of the images, “A Bird in the Hand” got an honorable mention!). Thanks to my models: Rachel Connolly, Abigail Connolly, Marcelle Gosteli, and Paige Cascio. This annual, juried photography competition is open to all residents of Connecticut  and is …

Addicted to Coupon’s Portraits

This week I finished up my 8-week portrait class featuring, photographer, William Coupon. He started out in the Big Apple, shooting the punk scene, and ended up creating portraits of presidents and celebrities like Bush, Clinton, Miles, and Mick. Here’s a summary about Coupon from Wikipedia: William Coupon was born in New York City, but moved to Washington, D.C. and later to San Francisco. He attended Syracuse University and ultimately moved to New York City to begin his photographic career. He began in 1979 to photograph backdrop portraits of New York’s youth culture, to document its “New Wave/Punk” scene at …

Portrait Photographer Study: Jeanloup Sieff

Jeanloup Sieff had a thing for buns and wide angle lenses. Born in Paris to Polish parents, Jeanloup (1933-2000) made a living shooting commercial photography in NY in the 60s for Esquire, Harper’s Bazaar, Vogue and Elle. He loved nudes and often focused on the derriere as the subject. His photographs could also be described as high contrast and very graphic, using bold shapes and strong compositions. These characteristics, coupled with his sensual nudes, and wide angle distortion defined his style, and made him a favorite in the advertising world. He worked in the studio, using one light source (sometimes …

Herb Ritts: A Legendary Photographer

PORTRAIT STUDY: HERB RITTS From selling rattan furniture to movie producers in West Hollywood in the late 70s, to shooting glamorous photos of his actor friends in the 80s, Herb Ritts carved out a beautiful life for himself… sadly it was cut short at age 50. We’ve all seen his work, especially if you grew up in with Madonna, Prince, Janet Jackson and Brittany Spears. He’s known for his clean, minimalist, stark, black and white, graphic style. Often using the beaches of LA, and the desert sands as backdrops – creating sharp shadows with full sun. Here’s the result of …

Portrait Study: Peter Lindbergh (A “Ladies” Man)

This week’s portrait photographer is Peter Lindbergh. He’s known for his black and white, evocative, natural poses of women, with soft lighting, and aloof, uninterested expressions. His models often look like they’re just waiting around, sometimes looking vulnerable, or like they’re up to something. He usually shoots outdoors on cloudy, overcast days, or under a 3-sided black tent, which gives that soft light, and dark background. To me, it seems he’s more about expression than a unique lighting style. Unlike Skrebneski, who uses one light from above, Lindbergh doesn’t have a consistent lighting setup. It’s kind of all over the …

Over the Moon for Sarah Moon

Sarah Moon is a French photographer born in 1941 into a Jewish family forced to leave occupied France. She went to England and there studied drawing. She modeled from 1960 to 1966, and turned to photography in 1970. In 1972, she shot the Pirelli calendar, the first woman to do so. After working for a long time with Cacharel, her reputation grew and she also received commissions from Chanel, Dior, Comme des Garçons and Vogue. In 1985, she moved into gallery and film work, even making a pop video, Aicha by Khaled. At age 74, she is still living and …

Karsh Portrait Study

This week we’re studying Yousuf Karsh, who was a master of lighting, and best known for his iconic portraits of Queen Elizabeth II, Albert Einstein, Winston Churchill and Ernest Hemingway, to name a few. Here’s a link to his work on Google. And here’s a link to Karsh on Artsy, a resource for art collecting and art education. He used lots of studio lights, creating images that were mostly black and white, and very contrasty. Crisp light on the bridge of the nose, and hair, or “rim” lights from the sides are his trademarks. He was also known to be …

Back to Photography School for Me

Hello, friends! I’m happy to report that I’ve started a new 8-week portrait class with my favorite teacher, Mr. Don Giannatti from Phoenix. It’s good to be back! The first assignment is based on the work of Victor Skrebneski, a famous fashion photographer from the early days. At the bottom of the page is his bio, borrowed from Don’s class page. Here are my first attempts at Victor’s lighting and compositional styles. He uses lots of negative space, one light source from above casting dark shadows on the face, and oftentimes his work was blurry – on purpose! That’s not …

My iBook Portfolio

Here’s the iBook version of my portfolio on iTunes, with a kind review from One9Design. “Irene’s work is magical, whimsical, and surreal. The fact that this caliber of work is available for no cost is unbelievable. Get it now while you can. In a few years you will see this type of work on magazine covers and advertising some of the top brands. Irene is both an incredibly imaginative artist and someone who has the technical skills (behind the camera AND at the computer) to make her vision a reality. Exceptional work.”

My Inspirations

It’s a wonderful time to be an artist. The world is at our fingertips and in our back pockets… there are so many inspirations on the internet. Here are just a few of my favorite photographers: • Don Giannatti’s Project 52 PRO workshop • Joel Grimes • David Hobby • Brooke Shaden • Miss Aniela • Erik Almas • Bill Gekas • Regina Pagles • Sue Bryce Educational Resources: • Creative Live (I was a student at Don Giannatti’s LIVE Table Top Product Photography Course in Seattle, June 2012) • Lynda.com • Julieanne Kost • Deviant Art • Photoshop Actions