Grand Imaging Award Nominee by PPA

I am proud to share that my image “The Angel of Justice” has been nominated for a Grand Imaging Award by Professional Photographers of America.

I read a quote long ago, “the only thing that separates the life that we live and the life we dream of, is fear.” I have many dreams and many fears; both I live with equally and endeavor to understand them. Today is a day for dreams.

This is one of the highest achievements you can attain from PPA (in regard to image competition and recognition) and in this part of the photography industry. I am still quite in shock, given the circumstances of this image and its performance in the print competition. However the overwhelming emotion is not fear, but gratitude.

The top three finalists will be announced at Imaging USA in January of 2020 and I am thrilled to be a part of that collective of art and creatives.
You can see the other fourteen amazing pieces of art in my category, as well as the other artists and categories being nominated by visiting the PPA site: https://ppmag.com/gallery/2020-grand-imaging-awards-finalists-creative-open

Models: Liza Davis and Mary L. Poll
Locaiton: Parkwood Photography Studios
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined

#ppa #ipc2019 #gia #grandimagingaward #honor #awards #imagecompetition #art #angel #gratitude #achievement #parkwoodstudios #realityreimagined

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Greek Myth Vibes – Persephone artwork

Getting the Greek myth vibe going again for my future projects and decided to turn back to some images captured with one of the best humans I know – my dear friend Lauren.

She is incredibly talented, both as a model and her primary profession as a hair and make-up artist. We’ve worked together on so many projects and I’ve come to trust every-single-idea that comes out of her beautiful mind and always enjoy a chance to laugh with her about life and the shenanigans found therein.

Persephone is the daughter of Zeus and Demeter and is described by Homer as the formidable, venerable, majestic queen of the underworld, who carries into effect the curses of men upon the souls of the dead.

So definitely a lot more story to explore there… 🙂

Model/HMUA: Lauren Edmondson
Location: Parkwood Photography Studios
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined

#persephone #greekgoddess #darkness #queen #haedes #underworld #fear #loneliness #fantasy #art #photoshop #photography #parkwoodstudios #realityreimagined

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The Angel of Justice in a world of competition

This piece is called “The Angel of Justice” and scored my highest score of 81 in the recent image competition, through Professional Photographers of America.

This is the only piece that I purposefully created (from starting image, to final art) with the competition in mind. And it is a wonderful reflection of the challenges of image competition and my strong feelings about them.
Some may take joy in every aspect of creating an entry into a competition. I did not. I found myself with the anxiety of second-guessing every step. “Should the light be this dramatic?” “Should I go more simplistic with the design?” “They say to have details in the shadows, but don’t have too many shadows, make sure the highlights aren’t blown out, but don’t have too many highlights…”

It’s maddening.

A powerful voice in this industry once said, “don’t give the judges anything to think about” in regard to the complexity of design. Implying that the more simple, the more impactful of the artwork, the better your chances are of scoring higher.

I retorted, “then why make art at all and compete with it?”

Another powerful voice in the industry told me recently, “they are judging from a place of tech first and art second in most cases. An artist like you creates from the heart, not with rules.” They gave me the wisdom of creating the art first, then altering it to fit the unknown variables a judge would put on top of it.

Art is subjective; it can not be judged. The value we place in it, is solely our own. Competing is folly, but there are benefits to it. What benefits and what truths are real or not?

That opinion I will share tomorrow with my last piece from the competition.


Models: Liza Davis and Mary L. Poll
MUA: Luna Wise
Location: Parkwood Photography Studios
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined

#art #fantasy #angel #justice #composite #photomanipulation #photoshop #adobe #photography #competition #ppa #ipc2019 #realityreimagined

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The world of make-believe – fantasy art by Reality Reimagined

“I live in a world of make-believe and I’m okay with that.” This was the first quote that I chose to use as a “slogan” for myself as an artist and ultimately my brand in this industry.

Images like these are the typical stories that fly around my imagination, constantly. They are forever speaking to me and showing me more of the story, more of the adventure and sometimes I actively work to bring them to the real-world.

These two characters first came about at Shutterfest 2017 and we revisited it again in 2018. I had intended on using them for image competition, but I couldn’t find the right companion materials to add to the mix and I tabled the work. I want them to match precisely what I see in that story running through my mind. And they are close, so very close.

Much thanks to the wonderful talent in these images and their incredible patience in waiting to see something come from this journey.

Models: Becca Meumann Johnson and Mary L. Poll (respectively)
Makeup Art: Jennifer Hargiss
Hair for Mary: Refuge
Costume for Mary: The Vallée Creations
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined

#composite #art #fantasy #story #angels #demons #valkyrie #justice #vegeance #darkness #light #photomanipulation #photoshop #adobe #photography #realityreimagined

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Continuing the gelled glamour weekend – I love this series for many reasons (amazing model, dreads, you know – the usual) but the simplicity of the color palette has me so intrigued to do more of this style.

Model/MUA: Madicyn Reid
Dreads: Hair By Jai
Location: Parkwood Photography Studios
Photography and Photoshop art: Reality Reimagined
#gelled #gels #gelledphotography #glamour #art #photography #photoshop #parkwoodstudio #realityreimagined

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