posted by Ian Summers on February 23rd, 2013

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I have been busy with several projects I want to share with you. 

The first is an exhibition of my artwork 

created during the past few years in the Lehigh Valley of PA.

 

Expressions of Easton

A solo show opens on First Friday, March 1st between 6 and 9 pm

and continues through March 31st

Santa Bannon Fine Art Gallery

And you are invited.

I will be presenting an artist’s talk at 7 PM entitled

Where Do Ideas Come From?

Santa Bannon Fine Art  Gallery is located on the first floor of the

Banana Factory

25 West Third Street, Bethlehem PA

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Out the Window

62″ X 72″

Enamel and Acrylic on Stretched Canvas

Copyright 2009 Ian Summers 

 

A talk and demonstration based upon a series called

Conjured Faces

including over fifty finger paintings created on an iPad.

To be presented at the Olympus Digital Imaging Lab

at Artsquest’s Banana Factory 

First Friday Celebration

May 3rd from 6 – 9 PM EST

 

 

Conjured Face 179 

Copyright 2013 Ian Summers

 

Viewers only think they recognize the subjects of these iPad finger paintings. I don’t.  Likenesses are not intentional. However, humans are pattern recognizers. We are hard wired to make associations with abstractions. Perhaps it has something to do with fight or flight reflexes. It is natural to make the strange familiar. It keeps us safe. 

Creating conjured faces comes naturally to me. Making portraits does not. i struggle with likenesses. Yet viewers associate these conjurings with people they know.  When creating these images, I often begin with the nose. While it is not in my consciousness at that phase of the process, i think my internal synthesizer begins to put shapes together craving to take what starts out strange and to make it familiar. The process is very fluid meaning there really isn’t any conscious thought until the subject reveals itself.

This is the opposite of the ways I usually work. My approach has usually been about taking the familiar and making it strange.

 

posted by Ian Summers on November 1st, 2012

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Kevin Banna Receives Heartstorming’s  

1st Annual Best, Scariest, & Creepiest Halloween Email

Promotion Ever Award! 

This photograph is just the beginning of the

thrills you will get if you are daring enough to click on the image.

Looking forward to hearing your comments.

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posted by Ian Summers on October 11th, 2012

 

 

 

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I sat down and read Heartstormer Teri Campbell’s recently published book in two sittings. It is extremely well written and beautifully photographed. The chapters are accessible. Instructions are gorgeously illustrated, informative and inviting.

Yes. It’s all about food photography. It is also about passion for the medium and shares so many years of hands on experience.  

It is not only for photographers, but should be required reading for art directors and members of creative teams dealing with food and food related clients. My first assignment as an art director was for an ice cream account. I wish I had this book and Teri’s chapter on ice cream years ago. It would have saved some embarrassment. 

Teri shares his stories about building a studio in Cincinnati, drawing business from national accounts, marketing and other business approaches, and how a fruitcake attracted new clients.

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From the Back Cover:

 

Creating mouth-watering food images requires more than just a love of food and access to a kitchen. With the popularity of food blogs and photography how-tos, it’s tempting to think that anyone can photograph food, but it’s another thing entirely to shoot for a tight ad layout with the pressure of your client looking over your shoulder.

Commercial foor photographer Teri Campbell has been called a lighting master and in this besutifully illustrated book, he not only shares his lighting techniques for a wide range of food and drink shotes, but also offers candid advice on how to set up a studio, use the right equipment,market your work, find clients, bid on assignments, hire food and prop stylists, and communicate with everyone on the set.

Campbell shares his expertise on dozens of commercial assignments — from shooting beignets on location in New Orleans, to creating ice tea pours, to photographing beans on real flames in his studio. Learn how he creates dynamic compositions, uses studio strobes, and arranges light diffusers, reflectors, fill cards and mirrors, to create the perefect capture. Campbell also discusses his post-processing techniques in Adobe Camera Raw and Adobe Photoshop to create images that are irresistible.

This guide provides the insider details to help you expand your photography skills or turn your passion food and images into a professional career.

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Buy this book!

 

This book lists at $44.99. For a short time only this book is available new at $25.99. A Kindle edition is available for $19.95. And you can a free look inside the first 34 pages including a look at Teri’s studio which is spectacular.

 

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