How do they do it?
Likely due to the wondrous creative output of my visual and digital arts students, I found myself inspired as I worked with Lightroom, Photoshop and Topaz Adjust on these in-camera multiple exposures.
|Father and Son|
|Sketch - Calm Before the Storm|
I began laughing at my self-imposed aesthetic rules. I must always maintain my reserve. Colors should not be too bright or garish. How tacky! Adjustment sliders should not be pushed to the extreme.
|After Charles Sheeler (Hadley, MA Cinemark)|
But today, listening to Sade, and working on these files, I broke through self-posed boundaries. Convert to a negative film look? Add a fake filed out enlarger negative carrier frame? Why not? So what if I draw attention to the technique?
|Sketch - Raw Material|
Above: Before. Below: Four exposures later.
Speaking of aesthetic rules, on Instagram (@professornordell), I never use filters. Probably has to do with my photojournalistic roots.
Would love to hear from any teaching artists out there how they fit in their creative work with the demands of teaching.
Professor John Nordell teaches courses in the Visual and Digital Arts Program at American International College in Springfield, Mass. He blogs about the creative process at CreateLookEnjoy.com