Photography has been an obsession since I was 13 years old and went off to Italy clutching my mother's accordion style 1940s roll film camera. I had a darkroom years ago but pouring evil smelling chemicals in and out of containers and waiting for that timer to buzz was not my idea of fun. I've been fooling with computers since I bought an Amiga 1000 back in 1985. My first chunky pixelized images were digitized into that machine using a black and white CCTV camera by making 3 exposures through the green, red & blue cells of a color wheel. At last, with today's software and hardware I feel that I can create the images I see in my mind's eye.
Three years ago I retired from the 'real' world and bought myself a new Canon 5D and now I'm using a 5D Mark II. (If y'all buy a picture or two maybe I can get a Mark III) I would love to visit exotic locals to photograph but simply can't afford such it, so I have to settle for the things and places that the universe is kind enough to put in front of me. I'm constantly on the lookout for new material for my pictures and I'll point the camera at anything that interests me. Most of the magic happens, of course, in Adobe's fabulous Photoshop program. I spend many late nights with my butt parked in front of it's wondrous arcane interface! (see below for a secret peek into my workspace) I hope that you enjoy the results.
So Pixies! Why Pixies? Well I grew up in England and, when you are in the English countryside, there is almost always two or three Pixies hiding just outside of your peripheral vision! You can sense them even if you can't quite see them and you can be sure they are dreaming up some kind of gentle mischief! There is also an expression in parts of England to describe someone who seems in touch with different realities (!) or perhaps just a little eccentric as being "off with the Pixies" or simply pixielated! I rather like that so maybe I'm "off with the Pixies" So, what's a Pixie anyway you ask? Check out Wikipedia at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pixie. My mother's family came from the west country and somebody in that wiki suggests that Pixie females mated with humans so who knows maybe there is a little Pixie blood running in my veins as I like so much to introduce a little "gentle mischief" into these images whenever I can!
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