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! 1d
  •   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. 1d

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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!! 2w

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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. 2w

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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? 2w
  •   _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 2w
  •   nei.cruz Congratulations again! 2w
  •   dbrondeau @_suz4nne_ I completely agree with you Suzanne! In fact, I think this would make a very cool poster. 2w
  •   dbrondeau @nei.cruz Thanks Nei! 🏻 2w

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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!! 3w

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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! 3w
  •   dbrondeau @to_be Thanks for letting me know about the tag Tuba! The other self portrait I tagged was just nominated for the challenge. 3w
  •   dbrondeau @arlophotography Thanks a lot Arlo! 3w
  •   to_be Thats great 3w
  •   itstoosoontotell Wow David! I have seriously been missing out! Love seeing this progression of your work! 3w
  •   dbrondeau @itstoosoontotell Hey Kirbi! I can't believe I missed that you had a baby! Congratulations!! How are you? 3w
  •   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? 3w
  •   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. 3w

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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.

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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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dbrondeau Medea No.2

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

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dbrondeau Medea

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

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dbrondeau Sappho

Sculpture by William Wetmore Story, 1863, Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

This is a continuation of a series that I started way back in February 2012 called Seeing Art. It was my attempt to take interesting photos of art at Museums. Since then, I've been taking photos of figurative sculpture whenever I'm at a museum. After the recent InstaMeet at the Boston MFA, I decided to go back and pull out some of the better photos.
See all the photos in the series at
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