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Tuesday, April 15, 2014

Shae DeTar- Artist of the Month- April

This month I want to focus on the photography of Shae DeTar, specifically her painted photography. This series is just as it sounds, photography that has been painted on. I feel like many have attempted this with varying results, but the result of Shae's blending of these two mediums is original, seamless, and exquisite.

Shae DeTar

What Ms. DeTar has done with the application of paint on the images creates a product that appears to be timeless. So timeless, in fact, that the result is reminiscent of a time before color photography was even an option and people just colorized their black and white photographs after developing them. Shae uses a watercolor-like wash in most of the images but with that there are pops of more deliberate shapes and vivid colors.

Shae DeTar

The above image is one that stands out in my mind when I think about this series. This is because I'm reminded of a short video I saw once upon a time while researching early film experiments. In 1900, the Lumiere Brothers produced The Serpentine Dance, which is a hand-colored film of dancers who use the dresses they're wearing as tools to create the illusion of dancing butterflies. It's a mesmerizing video to begin with, because of the dancers' fluid movements, but with the evolving color added in post it becomes quite hypnotic. In this particular photograph, Shae's use of a muted color palette and the brushstrokes around the figures "wings" gives a sense of movement, allowing me to visualize the model dancing around like the Serpentine Ladies.

Shae DeTar

Shae DeTar

I find Shae's painted photographs to be inspiring and multifaceted. They appear to be very well thought out, from head to toe, from pre-production to post-production. This is something that Darryll especially appreciates because he knows how much time and effort it takes to see your vision through to the end. It's a way of thinking and creating that is deliberate and thorough. Beyond this, Shae is merging paint with photography, fashion with nature, and the past with the present. Her success in tying all these elements together is why we think she is defining art.

Thanks for reading and be sure to check out more of Shae's work at


Tuesday, April 8, 2014

Monthly Roundup of Links- April

Because we've been so busy at the studio lately, our weekly round-ups will now be monthly.  This month in the world of art and design, I bring to you these little nuggets of interest:

Charles Emerson's photos of flowers underwater are striking and fresh.

This 360˚ panoramic GoPro video is unreal and extremely innovative.

Jonas Ginter

Finding Vivian Maier is a documentary film that uncovers the truth about a mysterious nanny who, unbeknownst to everyone around her, captured beautiful street images her whole life, only to be discovered after her death.

These photos aren't totally a new concept but these are by far the best execution I've seen of re-creating classical paintings in photography.

Bill Gekas

Bing Wright's mesmerizing photos of sunsets projected on a broken mirror is like a beautiful watercolor, interrupted by dark chaos.

There's something so aggravatingly beautiful about a simple+clean design...for example, these counter weighted candle holders.

So that is what tickled me this month! See you next time.