Almost Reality Photography
When I started doing “Almost Reality” photography I found people did not understand the meaning behind my photos, and I found myself wondering why. I came to realize they weren’t looking at the images long enough to see that things aren’t always what they seem. It is taught in photography classes that most people will look at a photo for about two seconds, this means if the viewer does not catch the subject of a photo in that amount of time, they move on.
The first two years I entered photos of this style in competition they did poorly. The judges only glanced at each photo, and if they didn’t see the details I created, they moved on. The third year I entered a photo with a telling title and explained what they were seeing at the bottom. It won 1st place and sold during the show! The win came because of the explanation.
So, I came to a fork in the road, do I make my vision more obvious, do I quit, or do I keep true to myself? I turned to the art world for the answer because once a photo is manipulated and no longer a true representation of reality, it becomes art and is no longer simply a photo. It is said, on average, people look at art for about 32.5 seconds. And believe it or not, most people look at the Mono Lisa for only 17 seconds!
Many artists create their visions for years and hope that someday, someone, will see what they see. Once someone comes to understand that some of my art photos are not what they seem, they are more likely to take the time to understand. Of course, I welcome their interpretations as well.
On the following pages, you will see some of my “Almost Reality” creations. The explanation for each piece is on a separate page so that you can, if you wish, understand what was going through my head when I created the image.
I love to create new things, and I welcome ideas from my clients for personalized creations made just for them. This usually involves a meeting where I ask questions in an effort to truly visualize their dream, and see it to fruition. The pricing for this type of photography greatly depends on the complexity