To make surreal photos, you don’t always need a photo manipulation software. John Dykstra proves this with his incredible photography work created entirely in his improvised garage studio. He explains how he didn’t want to wait for the perfect conditions to start:
“Since I knew I wouldn’t be able to afford my own studio space until I had my feet on the ground, my parents lent me their garage space to use as my dedicated studio. The following images were all created in that small, crowded, too-hot-in-the-summer, too-cold-in-the-winter, Michigan garage!”
When you have the talent, there’s no holding back.
So many of you are familiar with this photograph, I wonder if it's worthwhile to present it once again. But this photograph is especially important to me, and I realized I haven't posted a finished version up on the IG feed yet. It is one of those foundational images in my repertoire that I knew, as soon as I had finished it, it would affect every single photograph I made afterward from thereon out. A true vision establishing work. It has since gone through several edits in the past 18 months, often changing slightly between prints. Some tones get lighter, some get darker, some subtle changes in hue are made that correspond with how well I'm feeling over the course of that season. This is the most recent of those. But what remains the same is the soul behind the image, reminding me of the message that drove me to where I am today. And as autumn ushers in new yearnings for changing, I find myself once again redrawing my boundaries..
I know how, sometimes, our favorite dreams can feel so far away; how the accumulation of the lightest dreams can eventually weigh you down. I know how life can feel like an entire contradiction, but aren't the improbabilities what make this life so special? I know about the standing parts when it simply hurts to walk, while the heart is whispering everything you thought you wanted out of flying. I know about what it's like to be tied to the moon, and to dream about letting go, to wish you would stop wishing.
🙈Throwback Thursday 🙊"Lament": I created this self-portrait in 2014, experimenting with mixed lighting and single exposures. Yes, this was a single exposure! Thanks to an assistant on hand, we were able to remotely trigger strobes to light my figure while posing in different positions! The "smokey" effect was created by walking toward the camera, effectively creating a gradient by obstructing its view while it was capturing light off the background. This had an effect similar to dodging and burning in Photoshop 🙂
Serre I: Family Tree // Apologies for the reupload, but I decided to introduce clouds via my fog machine. This is a look at a possible series of still lives. Eyes from photos past, printed and hung from the branches of this dying tree. Swipe right for another angle. Dedicated to @finner__1 for his generosity.