Dave Reinbold and John Wright met last March at the recommendation of a local gallery owner. From the beginning it was obvious that they had a strong creative rapport. Both artists can work on a shared creative vision, without ego getting in the way.
After defining their intention of a project, they move to graphic and emotional possibilities. Dave generally attends the shoots and reviews images as John is shooting. John noted that going into a shoot their script is pretty loose and open to serendipity.
Once John processes the images an separates out the backgrounds, he provides Dave with PSD files and allows him to take over.
Over to Dave!
After I receive the edited images from John, I review all of the images in a group using Photoshop. Although we have discussed the shoot and I am there, this review gives me a feeling for the light and the emotive feeling John has already captured. It’s during this initial phase that I start to think about a color story. I may experiment with a series of solid colors behind John’s portrait image or light strokes with brush or pen.
Then it becomes purely emotional for me as I become involved in the photograph. I get a feeling for what the portrait figure is representing and then fit it together – almost like a layered puzzle – with the rest of the background pieces. These can include traditionally done paintings and graphite or pen and ink drawings. Once I have scanned and manipulated these traditional artistic backgrounds to my satisfaction, I view the photograph for its compositional and emotional impact.
This is my initial process. When I am comfortable with the combined images – John’s photograph and my drawings – we both go over what we now call a Photostration. As we discuss the finished product, John gives his ideas and views regarding what may or may not be changed. This combination of ideas and visualization from the photographer and the artist makes for a dynamic result.
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John shares that blending artwork with photography allows both artists to move beyond the “real” and into the realm of emotions and ideas. “We can produce images to match the desired approach of the client, from dreamy and subtle to sharp with strong graphic impact.”