It's already October and as per usual, life and work have both been hectic and I've already taken my foot off the blog gas-pedal. So as a little top-up here's a quick-fire behind the scenes of 'Red & Blue' - Part 1 of a recent mini concept project I've been working on (updates from that project coming asap).
Sometimes there can be a significant transformation that happens between converting an original RAW image through to the final retouched piece. More often than not I'll create a mock-up to get an idea of the over-all style, finish and crop that I'd like to aim for in the finished piece. However the end result can sometimes be quite different to the concept I originally had in mind, but that's usually not a bad thing! Working through those ideas before getting into the nitty gritty of retouching enables me to improve on how far I thought I could take the image. As you'll see below this is no more evident than in 'Red & Blue'. Just scroll left or right to see the original, mock-up & final images.
For me, editing images such as these is almost always about creating a character. Bringing a 'dream-like' quality through an artistic, creative and hopefully tasteful use of my retouching skills. It's seldom ever about perfecting an imperfect real-life human like you might see in a lifestyle magazine where the cover star has been smoothed and preened within an inch of their 'post-production' lives, giving us a false impression of who they are. Fashion and art photography is about creating a fantasy world for the viewer to disappear into for a few moments, like getting lost in a fictional novel.
I know - I seem to talk about the morals of retouching a lot! But retouching has got a bad rap in recent years and I guess I feel the art of retouching, when applied in the right context, really is worth defending. Sometimes we just want to escape the real world just for a few seconds and much like fiction novelists or movie directors, retouchers & photographers have the ability to take us to new lands and introduce us to new characters.
Anyway...This character is simply a girl with red hair & a blue body. Hope you enjoy peering behind the SAR curtain once again. See you next time...