I love your work. Can you explain how you execute these photos without them looking "tacky" so-to-speak? I have a hard time doing that, especially with water scenes.
oh man you make me sound like a professional. i think a lot of it for me is most shoots i have i go into them with a certain thing in mind. i am very detailed in my head about what i want each frame(s) to look in the end. that definitely takes away that kind of strange uncertainty of the image look some images can have. i’ve also played around with photoshop a lot to the point that i know how to automatically pick what brushes or layers to use to achieve the look i’m after which definitely helps a lot because instead of kind of settling with something because you’re not sure how to make it look like how you’d want it - which i think also makes it look less tacky. because what i attribute to tacky is that it’s overly, underly, or poorly/half-assed edited which causes the entire image to lose it’s value. i think a lot of images only need subtle alterations otherwise it turns your photo into something it wasn’t. (i’m not sure if any of this makes sense) i think the less “tacky” looking image is going to have the most time and practice* invested into it so it’s not like you automatically take a tacky photograph, it’s more of you didn’t alter it as it should or you approached it from a less strong angle than you could have done. because good art is all based on interpretation, but if you practice sharpening your skills (whether it being with learning your way around photoshop, figuring out how to not over/underexpose an image, taking it from a less appealing angle, not knowing how to use your camera in all of it’s integrity, or just not taking the time to really study how it works) - then it makes your photo tacky. but i think there’s a lot of different ways that something could be tacky to someone - but ya like all art what may be unattractive and tacky to you might really catch the eye of someone else ya know. so like it’s all based on perseption man
my advice to you is to plan out your shoots or whatever, like go into meticulous detail of how you want it to look. the more detailed you are about your shoot the more you are able to control it and produce the work that you’ve envisioned. plan plan plan! and then just shoot a lot, you will get a definite style and eye for certain things the more you shoot and it will be more personalized and once you start doing that, your work will start heading in the direction you want them rather than what you think others will like.
make art you want to see not what you think others want to see because ive learned that people want to see it from your perspective, they want to know what you know and because of that your images will become stronger and more appealing to everyone!
yay ok i hope this wasn’t too philosophical and made at least a little bit of sense
your blog is so stunning! how do you decide what you want to photograph or rather what's your creative process like? most of the pictures I see looks like something I could photograph myself but there's something subtle and mysterious about your photos.
thank you so much!!!! well honestly, i’m naturally drawn to darker images/concepts so usually i’ll think of something really morbid or strange, maybe even just a single detail, and build off of it. i try to make my images really dark and/or mysterious, most of my concepts have a meaning and then have a deeper meaning behind it as well idk.
like right now i’m currently working on a photographic series focusing on the contemplation, act (various methods), and aftermath of suicide. the photo i posted (x) is the first image of that series.
Haley, I really admire you and a) I wish I could produce photographs that are as stirring as yours and b) admire how persistent you are when it comes to your problems. You never give on people and you are always to be a friends when others are in need. Believe me when I say that your a role model.
oh my god im in tears thank you so so so much for this message and im so grateful that thats how i come off to people, i care so much about everyone and im glad it comes off as such. thank you for having faith in my, it really means a lot.
I think your name is very captivating. One can seductively whisper your name, or one can obnoxiously yell it. Although either way it'll always be beautiful because you are Haley. You truly are extravagant.
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these pictures i just took are soo good and im so proud of myself my remote battery is dead so i took over 100 pictures setting my timer to 10 seconds and running back and forth to try to get the shot / checking to see if it worked / running back and repeating this process — i was completely covered in sweat (thank you houston humidity) and eaten up by mosquito but i think they turned out really nice and dream like so that is all that matters to me
I feel like there isn't something after death, and that we, our consciousness, our body, and everything else dissipates into nothingness. That's there is no disappointment when we don't go to heaven or hell, that out loves ones don't need to worry about us suffering in hell, or feel jealous of us in out little own heaven. It's just, nothingness.
yeah i feel ya im undecided about how i feel after-death will be like, i dont really like thinking about it but i do lean more towards this though of nothingness.
I'm confused, why is death tragic & sad? My mum died & yes I was heartbroken but she had been suffering & death stopped that, it released her which made me happy. Also not all cultures see death as a negative thing like Day of the Dead, I personally feel like it should be celebrated b/c dying is an important part of life & I believe in life after death & reincarnation (not for every1 I know) but I feel like, as an artist myself, it's an interesting concept & you should have fun with it.
i just want to say that i support your artistic exploration of death, even suicide. it's such a touchy subject (and for good reason) but what you're saying is right -- shying away from frightening things just spreads the fear and won't help anyone learn or recover. and exploring pain has always been the artist's purpose, and suicide is probably the most painful of all pain. good luck, i hope you do some amazing stuff!