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Playing with Text and Images

I have been working with my bamboo stylus a lot the past couple days. Maybe you noticed in my last post, I created a signature for my blog posts.

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I’ve also been playing around with my iFontMaker app (see the first couple of fonts I made here) and I really like the latest one I’ve created. It’s simple, but I love the way it looks.

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I’ve wanted to add text to my photographs for a while now, and I finally worked on some ideas last night. Each of my photographs gives me a specific feeling. Most of the time, when I view a photo, I am reminded of a favorite song lyric or a quote from favorite movies or books. So, I’ve decided to take some of those feelings and add them to my photographs with this new font.

One of my favorite bands right now is Bon Iver. I had the opportunity to see them in concert back in September and they absolutely blew me away. They are insanely talented, their music and lyrics are beautiful and I can listen to them on repeat all day long. One of my favorite songs is Holocene (listen on youtube here) and I knew I wanted to pair the lyrics with a photograph I took two years ago in Anna Maria Island, FL of the sun setting over the ocean. The lyrics I chose to use (“And at once I knew, I was not magnificent”) are about realizing that there is something greater out there and I thought this photograph was the perfect match to those lyrics because of the beauty of the colors in the clouds and the reflections in the ocean. In my opinion, this photograph proves that there is a much higher and much stronger power and we, as human beings, are “not magnificent” in comparison.

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I had two other photographs from Anna Maria that I added the same text too.

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I can’t decide which of the three I like best, but I think I’m leaning towards the vertical. I’ve already posted the vertical photograph for sale on Society6 (you can view it here), but if you have a favorite out of the three, please let me know! I would love to hear your feedback 🙂

Here are a couple more pieces I created:

I took the following photograph this past spring and decided to add “Dream a little dream” to it because of the small flowers and dream-like quality created by the depth of field.

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This next image I shot last summer in NYC. I was playing with shutter speeds that day and walked away with several images containing movement. What I love most about this photograph is how the white sneakers are quite visible, but as you move up, the rest of the man’s body disappears. I paired this photograph with a quote from one of my favorite movies Ferris Bueller’s Day Off – “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it” – because this photograph is all about movement and the rush of NYC. The very nature of the city is fast-paced and I feel as though city-goers (myself included) forget to slow down once in a while and take it all in.

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The last image I worked with I took with my iPhone last summer while waiting in line at the Shake Shack in Madison Square Park. I took a popular quote from one of my favorite books and added it to this image – “And in that moment, I swear we were infinite” from The Perks of Being a Wallflower by, Stephen Chbosky. I love the position in which I captured this girl  – it’s as if she’s about to take flight, as if she’s feeling “infinite” just like Charlie felt in the book.

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And I added text to my yellow elephant design. He is so optimistic with his trunk in the air, holding onto his balloon that I decided to go with a basic positive quote – “Tomorrow is a new day.” No matter what you’re going through today, tomorrow will always be a new day and a fresh start.

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I will be posting some of these on Society6 tonight, but I would really love to know what you think. This is my first time adding text to my photographs, so any and all feedback is much appreciated!

I hope everyone has a wonderful Wednesday!

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I Love My Bamboo Stylus!

I recently bought myself a new gadget for my iPad – Wacom’s Bamboo Stylus. It is so much fun to use! It’s just like holding a pen, it glides so smoothly over the screen and, best of all, it doesn’t leave fingerprints (I’m obsessively neat when it comes to my iPad). It works really well with Bamboo’s Bamboo Paper app, which is like a notebook. This is the app I’ve been using to store all my thoughts and ideas for this blog. I love that I can literally jot down notes rather than try to type them on my iPad. It’s a much more interactive and creative experience. You can even import photos on to the notebook page and then write or draw over them. I used this feature to create all the photos that you’ve seen in my previous posts that have my notes jotted over them. Here are some pages from my notebook:

I even designed the header on my blog with this app!

And here are some doodles I’ve made with the Bamboo Stylus:

Another fun app that I downloaded is iFontMaker, which allows you to create your own fonts! It’s so simple to use and once your font is created, you can email it to yourself and then download it onto your computer. I made 4 fonts during the power outage from Sandy:

I’m so excited to continue to use my stylus and can’t wait to show you everything I create with it!

Stay Curious! xo…Alane