How I started contemporary imaging

“After art school I began exploring using acrylic on Plexiglas to create contemporary images. Later I discovered that by using a 35 mm camera with low ASA slide film and slow shutter speeds, I could turn neon signs and city lights  into an array of melting hues and patterns.  I then built a “Light Table” that allowed me to use lighting with reflectors and snoots to produce abstract patterns and colors in a controlled setting. Using a selection of colored gel papers, small objects, and different shutter speeds, I began creating a wide range of surreal images. Digital photo processing programs allows me to combine elements of multiple images to greatly advance my creativity. I currently use mirror-less digital cameras with various macro and close-up lenses that provide the functionality I need in a compact, easy to use platform.” 

“Sometimes during photo competitions and critiques, my images are incorrectly characterized as “digital art” created with a computer. All of the images you see in my galleries are produced from photographs of real objects and materials. Those photographs are then combined and manipulated to produce my surreal visions of real things.”

John McGinn


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