These two showed up since my last visit to the Old Pueblo. And there are apparently six or eight more I need to locate…
This masterpiece, near 6th Street and Stone, was painted earlier this summer by Joe Pagac, a cycling enthusiast and, obviously, a very talented mural artist. Go to his Kickstarter page HERE for more details and the thoughts behind his imagery:
Across the street from Joe’s mural is the old Tucson Warehouse building, a structure I’ve always admired for its classic signage on the roof (unfortunately, due to storm damage, missing all but the wheels of the Mayflower moving truck). As of the summer of 2016, thanks to the Tucson Mural Arts Program, it has been adorned with a new and impressive work called “Goddess of Agave”, by Cristina Perez.
Don’t forget that you always have a model readily available to take on whatever unusual pose you might wish to suppose or impose. Yep, that model be you. Sometimes we forget that adding a human to the scene (even a fairly ugly one, as above) can make for a more interesting image…so, don’t hesitate to experiment!
Two additional tools can help ensure your success with these self-portrait-type experiments: 1) a tripod, and 2) a lack of inhibition whilst being stared at by passersby.
Two more examples…
In the above photograph, the reflective coating of the glass on the building I was aiming at was cracked, thus causing the deformation of my head and body–no Photoshop cloning involved.
The opening image of this post, as well as the above image, were both made courtesy of the interactive, on-the-street murals painted by Joe Pagac. He obviously has a great sense of humor as well as great talent as an artist. You can see more of his wonderful work at his website HERE.
Moral of the story: Try introducing a bit of play into your photography now and then–and the use of yourself as a model is one fun way to do it.
2016 Black & White Magazine, Spotlight Award Winner! (Issue: June, 2017, #121)
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