SubversiveAesthetic: New Photography Group on DeviantArt

SubversiveAesthetic: New Photography Group on DeviantArt

I’d like to introduce you all to my new baby – SubversiveAesthetic, a new group for photography on DeviantArt.com. It’s a space for photographers creatively exploring emotive, challenging and non-mainstream concepts, styles, subjects and genres through expressive, artistic photography including, but not limited to, horror and macabre, fetish, nude, conceptual, darkroom, surreal and portrait photographs.

After a week or so spent setting it up, the group finally went live today.  The photo above, featuring model and performer Vendetta Vain, is just one of the images that can be seen in our gallery. Come and visit us!

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I’m Featured on Portfoliobox’s Blog!

Excitement! You know Portfoliobox, the amazing site where my photography portfolio lives? They featured my work on their blog yesterday, along with an interview! You can read the article here.

The photo they chose to feature with my interview is the one above, of the lovely Deryck.

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The Most Convincing Alibi Is Almost True

More horror! My brain is full of dark and gory creative ideas right now and it’s an absolute delight bringing them to life through photography. This was shot with a Sony Alpha a550 and processed with Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5. The fake blood is Grimas Filmblood A and the feet and bath tub are mine.

Prints of this image are available here.

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Stone Flowers Grow In Cold Places

Since moving house in August, I now have space to take photos with my studio lights without having to dismantle an entire room first. To celebrate, I treated myself to a new tripod and an IR shutter remote for a grand total of £12. Let it never be said that photography has to be expensive! I haven’t had either of those things in ages and it totally shifts the landscape of what I can shoot, as does having space to set up lights.

The lighting effect here was created with one light, a barn door and a honeycomb grid. These were part of a kit I bought from eBay or Amazon (I can’t remember which) a few years ago for about £130 (yes, really). The kit included three lights, stands, a shoot-through brolly, a reflective brolly, three softboxes, a barn door, a honeycomb grid, a snoot, a remote trigger and receiver, and a bunch of hard plastic gels. I’ve had bigger lights and more expensive lights in the past and while nothing beats a gigantic softbox, it’s also really nice to be able to actually shift my lights around without destroying my back so I’m enamoured with my little lighting kit and everything it enables me to create.

I had so much fun with the make-up here! I love changing the shape of my face with make-up and it never fails to amaze me how different a face becomes when eyebrows are removed. The flowers in the background are on some seriously over the top wallpaper that was in one of the bedrooms in our new place when we moved in. It’s ridiculous and excessive and I adore it. Expect it to make many more appearances!

The photo was shot with a Sony Alpha a550 dSLR and processed with Adobe Photoshop CC 2015.5. Very little was actually done to it in processing beyond lowering the saturation. I’m really feeling the horror vibe at the moment, especially after a few months of cute kitties, minimalist abstracts and pretty macro shots. I have a head full of dark pictures waiting to happen and this feels like the perfect time of year to do it.

Prints of this image are available here.

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No Bath For Weird Kitties

It’s been a long time since I’ve lived somewhere with a bathtub. So long, in fact, that the cats have forgotten what a bathtub is and now believe that it’s actually just a really big sit-in water fountain, created specifically for their enjoyment. We made the mistake of lifting them into the tub and running the cold tap gently cause it was so cute to watch them drink for the tap. Unfortunately, we created spoiled monsters and now they sit in the bathroom shouting to be lifted into the bath. Yes, they could both easily get themselves in there but they won’t. Because that’s what humans are for.

This morning, I got up and was greeted by Shai patiently waiting in the bathroom. She’s adorable and the scene made for a good photo, especially with the textured silver vinyl on the bathroom floor, but now I’m really hoping that cats can unlearn obsessions. Quickly.

The photo at the top was shot with a Sony Xperia Z2 mobile phone and processed with Snapseed.

If you like a bit of cat-in-bath action, I posted the video below on my personal Instagram, DecemberBliss, the other day. And if you like a bit of Instagram that’s more art photography and less bits-of-my-life, my art photography account is RockstarVanity.

Shai has discovered the bath. #cat #kitty #catstagram #catsofinstagram #blackcat #lifewithcats

A video posted by December Bliss (@decemberbliss) on

 

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