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Different Is Not Wrong

I recently had the chance to enter a local photography competition. The theme was the human element in black and white. The only two rules were that it had to be black and white and have only one person in it. If you have seen my portfolio, you know that quite a bit of my work is dedicated to street photography. I was torn between entering a photo representing what I do best or trying to do something different. I decided to leave my comfort zone.

Embarrassment

I do try to hide my legs because of the fact that I no longer shave them. I get angry with myself for not just owning it. I mean,  I shouldn’t be doing it, if I’m going to be ashamed of it, right? And it’s not that I worry about people making fun of me. I don’t really care about that. But I know that it does gross some people out. I don’t blame them for that. It’s outside of their scope. We’ve been told that smooth women are sexy and clean. If they aren’t smooth everywhere, then they are dirty.  The hair on my legs is course and thick. I had to use that horrible hair removal stuff that stinks and itches. Shaving too me ages and I would go through razor blades like cookies. So, I decided I just was not going to do it anymore. It’s been two years.

Something Different

I entered “De Feet” into the Human Element competition. When I got there to drop off my image, I felt weird. I knew that people would ask who the model is. Most people thought it was a man’s legs in a skirt. Then the other photos were mostly portraits or street photography and they were amazing. I got a little angry with myself. The part that hates myself was berating, “why do you always get it wrong?!” But the part that loves myself, the one that’s been fighting to get out for years, said, “different isn’t wrong, dammit.”

Different isn’t wrong

And that is true. I won 5th place out of 28 entries, not bad for an image so different from the others. I had several people tell they love it. Although, one person said she loves it, but still “wants to shave them legs.”

How would it look?

A new gallery with some of my images in living spaces. Ever wonder what it would look like on the wall? I used an extension for Photoshop created by Giovanni Allievi. Visit his page and check out his work and if you can purchase the extension there as well.

A gallery of travel maps in place

They look great in these spaces. The soft, muted tones look great on dark walls or light. Did you know that you can purchase my prints already framed? It makes  decorating so much easier.

Some more of my favorites

Food art for the kitchen. Or travel photography from central Europe.  Check out my Americana gallery for images of American cities and towns.

 

 

Camera Art

In the winter, I struggle to find things to photograph. I was recently cleaning out my office, see my goals for 2018 and found these old cameras. They seemed like the perfect subject matter for a quick still life photo shoot.

Holga Memories

I bought the Holga 120s for $12 in 1991 while in college. My favorite thing about the Holga was the vignette and the unpredictable light leaks. The photos always put me in mind of the early days of photography and felt nostalgic to me. Seeing it again made me want to go out and make some of those type of photos. I managed to scrounge up some of those old photos.

Olympus OM-1

This was the 35mm film camera that I used when I Pentax K-1000 got stolen. I loved that Pentax, too. The Olympus and I did fine. But I don’t miss it much.

I can’t decide which I like better, the black and white or the color versions. What’s your opinion?

Prints are available here.

 

To see vintage camera art by other artists, click here.

 

Cold Creativity

In the dead of winter, when it’s cold and dreary outside is a good time for me to experiment and get a little more creative with my photos.  Feedback is always welcome!

Endings and Beginnings

The last image I uploaded to Fine Art America in 2016 and the first images I uploaded in 2017.  All are available as prints on my site.

©Sharon Popek
A sepia toned photo of a steam train with text that says, when the whistle blows, my heart answers

 

Before and After Photos

My husband often says he likes the original photos before I work them up. What he really means is that he likes the ones where I’ve done some work, but not too much. Raw photos are dull as dishwater and usually need some work. There are also plenty of folks who feel “straight out of camera” is the only way to go. Like it’s some kind of sin to crop or remove a sign or other unwanted thing. I used to be one of those people.  I did not like HDR or anything I considered “overworked”. Now I love it!

Before Digital

I started out using film. It was more of a what you get is what you got world. Sure there were ways to cut, paste, burn, dodge, tone, etc. But what a pain in the ass most of it was. Also, the chemicals. Ick. I know people who still use film. I don’t miss it. Digital has given me a whole new way to express myself with photography.

Here are some straight out of camera shots (raw), before I straighten, lighten, or fix color. Then the basic versions, after I do those things. And a few of the ones where I “overworked” them. I love them, but some people don’t enjoy them quite the way I do.

Feel free to share your own before and after. I would love to see them! Any feedback is also welcome!

After Dark Images

A gallery of night or dusk  images that have been featured on Fine Art America through specific groups.

Click here to see these and other night time images in my gallery.