What is Tilt-Shift Photography?

What is Tilt-Shift Photography?

Tilt-Shift photography refers to the use of camera movements on small- and medium-format cameras, and sometimes specifically refers to the use of tilt for selective focus, often for simulating a miniature scene.

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Fifth Artist Announced: Bryan Solarski

With great enthusiasm we want to announce that Bryan Solarski will be the 4th artist in the Tilt-Shift America Project!

I have admired Bryan's "Little World" series for years, having seen it countless times on other tilt-shift blogs featuring the best tilt-shift photos.  But, it was when I saw the "Little World" series on Jen Bekman's Hey Hot Shot website I felt validated in my love of Bryan's work, and it was at that moment I decided to create the Tilt-Shift America project.  Thanks for being in the show Bryan, you among a small group of masters in the tilt-shift world.

Artist's Statement:

The aesthetic goal is to have the images look like miniature scenes through the Tilt-shift style of photography.  By doing this, the images become more vivacious and inviting. This allows the viewer to rediscover the locations.  Representing the locations this way enables the viewer to reconnect with childhood by recalling the feeling of living in a smaller world where scale seemed less cumbersome.  Viewers can recall creating scenes of playing with Lego’s or action figures. These images are reminiscent of childhood memories in hopes of inspiring a playful and innocent feature from that time frame into my images.

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Fourth Artist Announced: Myah Bailey

So, since Myah owns the Benjamin Benjamin Gallery, and has been doing tilt-shift photography for several years not a lot of people will be surprised she is in the show.  BUT, Myah's new series surprised me:

A Little Risque': Myah Bailey tilt-shifts Portland's finest 18 and older establishments.

Pre-order available on all other series, these are limited edition and only available after June 1st.

Artist Statement: Myah is an emerging artist living in Portland. Born and raised in Connecticut, Myah received a BFA from Eastern Michigan University in 2003 where she studied fine art photography and telecommunications. Though academically trained in photography, much of her current body of work employs drawing. Since moving to the Northwest, she has fully immersed herself into the art scene, including opening the Benjamin Benjamin Art Gallery in Hood River. The beauty of the gorge and it's mercurial weather inspired her current series "Ecotone”, “Tilt Shift”.

Friday, June 25, 2010

Third Artist Announced: Tony Fugere

When we started this project, we had two objectives:
1. Gather our favorite tilt-shift photographers, and collect them together for the first time.

2. Discover new tilt-shifting talent. 

Tony is our best example of new talent discovered.   I have been in those Colorado passes, and the feeling is ant-like, but extremely pleasant.  This photo captures the feeling better then any words I can conjure. 

Keep taking great pictures Tony, we will keep booking you for shows!
Artist Statement:
I have always had the desire to photograph. Capturing moments in time to share with others gives me great satisfaction. Over time I have found myself wanting to take unique photos. Although I have a better technical mind than creative, I explore with angles, lines and light in search of the photo that no one has seen. In the past six months, I have discovered tilt-shift faking using digital photo manipulation software. Being the geek that I am, I had to play with the technique. I climb to new heights (literally) in order to capture a new miniature fake. My ultimate goal is to show others what I see in my travels. This technique allows me to transform a perspective of reality into a world of toys and models.

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Second Artist Announced: Maureen Delaney

Maureen is a true master photographer, armed with the full arsenal of photographic implements.  Equipped with all the knowledge that comes with an MFA, a large format camera and a tilt-shift lens her pictures capture nature and the human figure in a way I have never seen. 

Maureen ventures away from the brightly colored cityscapes that are so often associated with tilt-shift photography, and instead captures nature & the human figure with a power that can only be showcased with black and white film. 

I was first introduced to Maureen Delaney at the Springbox Gallery right here in Northwest Portland, and I have been smitten ever since.  With great enthusiasm we welcome Maureen Delaney to the Tilt-Shift America Project! 

Maureen's Artist Statement:

Through the meditative process of photographing my figure in landscape I find peace and harmony within. The quiet beauty of the woods allows me to free my analytical mind as I feel more connected to my body and in turn can feel the energy of nature. The touch of my nude flesh against the earth’s floor is very primal and instantly I feel a connection to mother nature. My photographic journey is extremely personal and intuitive as I discover nature’s sanctuaries within our vast world. Upon further contemplation of each image, one can continually discover new relationships and meanings.

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Tilt Shift Pioneer: Chel White

Chel White, a legend here in the Northwest, is generally given credit as the first to use Smallgantics, a technique used for tilt-shifting motion pictures.  It was first used in 2006 in the Thom Yorke music video Harrowdown Hill.

Sunday, June 20, 2010

Another Brilliant Picture from Erynn Rose

Contact me at scott@benjaminbenjamin.com for information about prices and pre-ordering pieces before the show.

Wednesday, June 16, 2010

First Artist Announced: Erynn Rose

I first was introduced to Erynn Rose in 2009 when reading the January issue of Seattle Magazine. The magazine included a feature article on his work, and the emerging field of tilt-shift photography. At that time I was already fascinated with tilt-shift photography, and immediately knew that I needed to have Erynn's work in my gallery.

We are so excited to bring Erynn's world class tilt-shifting to Portland for the first time! A true master of his craft, Erynn has been recognized not only by Seattle Magazine, but also by MyNorthwest.com for his ability to bring new perspective to Seattle's landscape.

Erynn's Artist Statement:

"My goal is to try to show something I find fascinating in every frame. I look for something new in places I've been many times before.
I want to capture the growth and change of life, land, and cityscapes using every trick I can to help fulfill my vision.
I use anything film and digital with in-camera tricks and digital post-processing, I don't limit myself. I love to use tricks like tilt-shift to give an often-seen view new life and perspective."

Friday, June 11, 2010

New Location!!

The Benjamin Benjamin Gallery has moved from Hood River to Portland!!! Make sure to update your GPS, the new location is 1720 NW Lovejoy, Portland Oregon.
The new gallery location is conveniently located right next to Elroy Artspace, the partnet gallery in the Tilt-Shift America Project.
Stay tuned, and tell your friends. Starting next week we will announce the artists who have been chosen to participate in the show. Let me tell you, we are honored, we have collected most of the best tilt-shifters in the world.
-Photo courtesy of Jackie Avery

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