Category: Fine Art Images

10/17/2014

Blacklight and Centaur at Photoplace Gallery

James_Porto_Banner_Photoplace_GalleryI will be exhibiting two prints in the Dreams, Fantasies and Illusions Show at Photoplace Gallery in Middlebury, Vt. They chose one of my images for the banner. The jurors for this exhibition are the amazing photographic team of Nicholas Kahn and Richard Selesnick. After years of concentrating on work that is published in books and magazines I’m making a greater effort to exhibit my personal work in galleries.  If you’re nearby, stop in and check out all the work.

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01/13/2014

History of Photo Compositing 1983 edition

James_Porto_Broccoli2_NYCBack in 1983 before the invention of Photoshop it wasn’t quite as easy for a photographer to illustrate his dreams and visions as it is today.  The process of making the image shown here involved shooting the elements to scale on 4×5 film, mounting each element in position on a sheet of 11×14 exposed, processed Kodalith film (essentially a piece of solid black film) that was punched with pin registration holes, making photographic masks of the city, cutting a frisket by hand and opaquing all the city detail but leaving the edge photographic, and then once all that was prepared, exposing the elements in sequence followed by their masks on Ektachrome 6121 Dupe film, balancing the exposure and color balance of each element.  It’s actually much harder than briefly described here because getting perfect masks and perfect image registration was an art in itself.  The reward was making an image that stood out for its uniqueness in its time.

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01/02/2014

Saints and Sinners at BAU

James_Porto_The_Guardian_2001_Beacon_exhibitThe Guardian, one of the images from the Winged Women series, is on exhibit at Beacon Artists Union in Beacon, NY in a group show titled Saints and Sinners.  The print is a 16″x20″digital archival pigment print in a 20″x24″ frame.  There is a show closing party on Saturday, January 4, 2014 from 6-9pm at BAU gallery, 506 Main Street, Beacon, NY 12508.  Please join us for music, conversation and a great exhibit.

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07/31/2012

Runaway Beauty

This image resulted from a collaboration with Hannah Thiem and Lily Blue.  Hannah is a musician, photographer, and flame-haired beauty and she’s seen here wearing Lily Blue Designs.  Lily Blue creates unique clothing that accentuate a woman’s feminine spirit as well as her form.  The make up was done by Kayla Jo.  The image was not made for any assignment but will be appearing in the upcoming book which I co-authored with Katrin Eismann and Sean Duggan, Photoshop Masking and Compositing.  It will be released at the end of August and will encompass virtually every aspect of professionally combining images with Photoshop.

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04/10/2012

Phantasten Museum Exhibit-Vienna

Two of James Porto’s Winged Women gelatin silver prints will be shown at the Society for Art of Imagination show taking place in Vienna at the Phantasten Museum.  They are 12 x 15 inches framed and from an edition of 10.  The opening is Saturday, April 14, 2012 so please feel free to attend if you happen to be in Vienna.  It runs through April 29.  Read more to see the images and for more detail.

 

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08/02/2011

Surrender

“The simple but profound wisdom of yielding to rather than opposing the flow of life; unconditional acceptance of what is” as portrayed by Margarita Levieva, the amazing up and coming actress who can be seen in HBO’s upcoming season of How to Make it in America.  She has also performed memorable roles in Spread, Adventureland, and The Lincoln Lawyer among others  (more images follow, click read more).

 

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06/28/2011

Belinda

An older image which was never published; I’ve always liked it so thought it would be cool to finally publish it here on the blog.

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05/12/2011

BlackSnow

This image is a collaboration with Blacksnow Conversions, radical, utilitarian, couture designed and fabricated by Opie Snow and Micah Blacklight.  The explosions of powder seemed  the perfect compliment to their unique fashion style.

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05/09/2011

Megabillboardland

This image is part of a series relating to the relentless over-commodification of every aspect of our culture.  Often I drive throughout the NYC metro area and am constantly appalled by the visual ugliness perpetrated by everyone trying to scream their messages.  Adbusters picked up on the image and published it as a spread in their Big Ideas of 2011 Jan/Feb issue.  Stay tuned for more images relating to this theme.

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