dbrondeau Arranging Entropy

I'm fascinated by humankind's constant struggle against chaos and disorder. We battle to control nature and impose order upon everything we can. Beauty is created through symmetry, balance, and proportion.
Sometimes I think we forget that entropy is also beautiful. Nature doesn't plan how the river will flow or arrange the rocks in a "pleasing" manner. Yet, what nature creates through chaos is still an awesome wonder to behold.
So don't forget to loosen up and go with the flow once in a while.
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dbrondeau Stream of Contrast

OK, that's enough self portraits. I'm sure you're getting sick of seeing photos of me.
This is a continuation of a series I posted about 6 months ago. The photos are all from a very cool place called Diana's Baths in Bartlett, NH. I previously posted mostly b&w photos, but there were a bunch of photos that just didn't work in b&w. So I thought I'd post the color ones now.
It's also my way of saying I'm ready for summer.
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dbrondeau Impression of Self No.16 (No erosion)

@odilonvert was curious to see my last photo "plain" without the texture overlays. I don't usually post unedited photos of myself, but I figured, why not? So here is the original, shot with #Hipstamatic #Tinto 1884 Lens and #D-Type Plate Film.
Which one do you think is better? Why?
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  •   odilonvert Ah, it was a tintype! I think I like it better, simply because there is enough going on in it to interest me without the added texture. I would have liked to see it as plain black and white too, with a very black background. But that's me. I like the angle, from above and 3/4. I like to do self portraits like that too - it's something you'd see with a camera portrait, maybe drawing or illustration, but rarely painting, the grand medium for portraits for centuries. Thanks for posting this for me to see, D.! Looking forward to seeing more of these! 3w
  •   rmsherwood I like the less edited one. It's good to say, that at times, less is more. Sometimes the layers get in the way of putting forth a more honest approach to image making. B&W works are always to me much less encumbered and therefore less distracting. I often will like to break up the color edits in my gallery with B&W images. 3w
  •   dbrondeau @odilonvert @rmsherwood First, I want to thank both of you for answering my question and most importantly telling me why. I really appreciate it because IG is so lacking in honest, thoughtful criticism.
    I had to think about this for a little while though. My first reaction was disbelief that you both liked the "clean" version better. How could that be, I thought? The clean one is boring. It's out of focus. It's just so *predictable*. At first, I was just going to tell you all the reasons I disagreed with you—the reasons why I like the edited one better. But none of us is right or wrong, we all have our own opinions about art based on our own experiences and the context we bring to it.
    My context is that of a person who was painfully shy as a child and didn't want to be noticed or seen. I also feel that a person's external appearance doesn't tell their internal story—how they feel, think, and see themselves. Granted, a great photographer can capture both, but that isn't the only way to represent the self. But I don't really think of myself as just a photographer—I'm an artist. I like to draw, I used to paint, and I like to construct or make things.
    My approach to self portraits is more like Rembrandt. He didn't paint himself exactly as he appeared. His paintings are so much more than that. They convey mood, emotion, and ideas. Of course, I'm nowhere near as good as Rembrandt, but you get the idea.
    Then I tried to put myself in your shoes to try to understand your context. If I was asked to compare self portraits from either of you, I can see myself preferring the "clean" version. Why? This may not be your reason, but I would want to see what you really look like because then I feel closer to you. I would feel like I know you a little better, even though we've never met. 2w
  •   rmsherwood Sometimes photography just should be about photography and simply less encumbered by app process and editing! But your last statement nails it . It is the honest glimpse of the "real" you that is interesting. 2w
  •   odilonvert I'm strongly trending toward more pure photography lately, with little or no editing, but yes, I'm curious to see you "as is," vulnerable as that may be. I like your face. A self portrait like yours deserves that approach too, why not? But I understand shyness too. Still there's strength in allowing oneself to be vulnerable, this is why I take some self portraits when I am tired, no makeup, and allow myself to be as I am - a 47 year old woman who has children and has had her share of ups and downs, struggles, and it shows in my face, my expression, my streaks of white hair. I applaud your courage to share your unedited portrait, and to say what you said in response to our responses. HUG, D. 2w
  •   dbrondeau @rmsherwood @odilonvert Rose and Jennifer, thanks for the interesting discussion and the encouragement! It gives me hope that social media sites like IG aren't just a complete waste of time. 🏼 2w

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dbrondeau Impression of Self No.15 (Erosion)

The image was shot with #hipstamatic and again, I think I edited it with either #mextures or #stackables. I don't remember. This time I also overlaid a texture from one of my old encaustic paintings, shot with a macro lens.
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dbrondeau Impression of Self No.14 (Entropy takes time)

The image was shot with #hipstamatic and I think I edited it with either #mextures or #stackables. I don't remember and it wasn't in the image's metadata. I'm really surprised how many apps don't include that information in the metadata of the saved file.
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dbrondeau Impression of Self No.13 (Combustible thoughts)

This is a variation on the previous image. The last few images were all made with the #Diana app, which has some really well done presets for blending 2 images together. But I really hate how Diana downsizes all my images. It claims that high resolution is 1536 pixels. Seriously? My iPhone has a resolution of 3256 pixels. That's more than twice as large.
So I decided to see if I could recreate Diana's cool effect in the last image. I tried and tried to reverse engineer the filter, but I could not figure out exactly what the app is doing. After many attempts, I finally gave up and let the image take its own direction.
So kudos to Diana for the great blends, but come on, just increase the resolution already!
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dbrondeau Impression of Self No.12 (Smaller on the outside)

Sometimes the world feels so small. Not in terms of physical size, but in what we experience. That small, well trod slice of familiar terrain, people, and interactions. We've made everything so safe and so predictable that we've scraped away all the mystery and excised all the wonder until all that's left is something small.
I'm not really sure how much that has to do with this image... I'm just free associating, you know?
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dbrondeau Impression of Self No.11 (Sublimating ego)

Some days it's hard to keep it all together, you know? I have to focus on holding everything in place, on keeping the pieces from flying away. Maintaining this personal gravity is a force of will. Letting go is like turning gravity off.
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dbrondeau Impression of Self No.10 (Neither here nor there)

How do we define ourselves? By our thoughts or our actions? By our memories or our others memories of us? By the place we call home or the place that welcomes us? By our goals or what we've accomplished? By our past or our future potential? Or neither?
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dbrondeau Impression of Self No.9 (Hiding behind the lines)

Time to get back to my series of self portraits. I have a huge backlog of photos I need to post, but I've been so busy lately. I do try to photograph or edit an image every day, even if I only spend 15 minutes doing it.
What do you do to stay motivated and productive as an artist? Do you have any tips or techniques you want to share?
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dbrondeau And another one of my self portraits was featured by @sundaybluesedit!! Thank you @repinsk! If you don't follow @Sundaybluesedit—you should!!! What a great week!! 4w

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dbrondeau The same photo was also featured over at the wonderful Iphoneography Central website, by the great Bob Weil! It is in the Apps Uncovered article that was posted on Sunday. If you want to know more about this image, go read the article, which has some more of the photo's back story. 4w

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dbrondeau So excited that my photo was featured last week in the @ampt Community challenge!! Yes, I know this is a little late, but I've been busy, ok? 4w
  •   _suz4nne_ David—I think that this is a great grid! Super pleased with the variety, the perspectives—but also how fabulous they look together! @nei.cruz @ampt 4w
  •   nei.cruz Congratulations again! 4w
  •   dbrondeau @_suz4nne_ I completely agree with you Suzanne! In fact, I think this would make a very cool poster. 4w
  •   dbrondeau @nei.cruz Thanks Nei! 🏻 4w

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dbrondeau What a great surprise! One of my photos was included in a keynote presentation by Andrea Bigiarini @norbu56 at the Vittorio Veneto Film Festival in Italy!! I can't read Italian, but it sounds like a very cool film festival for kids and teens! Thanks Andrea!! 1mon

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dbrondeau Impression of Self No.8 (You can see it in my eye)

Playing around with the Trimaginator app some more.
See all my self portraits at #dbr_impressions
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  •   arlophotography Beautiful! 1mon
  •   dbrondeau @to_be Thanks for letting me know about the tag Tuba! The other self portrait I tagged was just nominated for the challenge. 1mon
  •   dbrondeau @arlophotography Thanks a lot Arlo! 1mon
  •   to_be Thats great 1mon
  •   itstoosoontotell Wow David! I have seriously been missing out! Love seeing this progression of your work! 1mon
  •   dbrondeau @itstoosoontotell Hey Kirbi! I can't believe I missed that you had a baby! Congratulations!! How are you? 1mon
  •   itstoosoontotell Thanks, David! My little guy is 8 months old. Haven't been on IG much but I'm trying to get back to it. Doing really well, moved back to the Midwest for a little while a few months ago. How are you? 1mon
  •   dbrondeau @itstoosoontotell Enjoy him while he's little! My oldest is 19 and in college and my other two are 16 and 14! I'm doing well, got a new job about 5 months ago after having been at my previous job for 15 years. And I'm still recovering psychologically from the relentless winter we had this year in Boston. 1mon

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dbrondeau Impression of Self No.7 (You have a great eye!) I'm very excited! This image is going to be projected at the Mobile Camera Club in Paris as part of their Self Portraits exhibit!
-------------- When I made this, I hadn't been intending to make a self portrait, it just kind of happened. This is a bit strange for me because I'm a very private and introverted person. Even stranger that I've done a bunch of self portraits since then—enough to make it the focus of my next series.
You can see these and all my previous self portraits at #dbr_impressions

Read the comments for a brief description of my process.
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dbrondeau Venus

Sculpture by Antonio Canovio 1822, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

See all the photos in the series at
#dbr_viewingart
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dbrondeau Ugolino and His Sons

Sculpture by Jean-Baptiste Carpeaux, 1857-1860, Metropolitan Museum of Art, NY.

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#dbr_viewingart
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dbrondeau Medea No.2

Sculpture by William Wetmore Story, 1868, at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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#dbr_viewingart
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