Marisa D. Aceves. Dune 1. digital photography. 2015
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Soft light gently caresses the weathered, wrinkled surface of this inspired desert landscape. A new day begins. The scratching, clicking, and chirping of unseen insects fills the air with natures latest symphony.
It was another one of those long, dreadfully boring evenings. I grabbed my old college lamp with the adjustable accordion neck and attached it to the edge of the portable shelves. Finally, we could settle down to read. Strong, warm light hit the surface of the furniture at just the perfect angle. A rolling desert landscape emerged. I lifted my phone camera up and tilted it so that the direct light would not obscure my view. Then, I took the shot. Some photos are just given, others require the occasional hunt or chase.
Marisa D. Aceves. Tinscape Object 150. digital photography.
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Shards of light dance excitedly on a fractured surface. The golden geometric mountain heaves and twists with each labored breath. Bits of bright poppy red and fushia explode like spring flowers as they bravely invade each shard of this well worn, knotty landscape.
When I first noticed this object, I liked the way the light reflected off of its surface. It seemed to gladly inherit the colors around it so that each shot had it’s own unique personality. Finally, I settled on this particular picture because I liked the warm color combination. I felt the bright cheery color was as much a celebration of spring as it was an extraordinary exploration into something we are all familiar with, yet take for granted.
Marisa D. Aceves. Blue Equilibrium. digital photography
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Small water droplets form upon the tinted, transparent surface. A rich blue-violet hue slowly fades in concentration as it travels upwards toward a semi-circular cloud of condensation. Two bold, brown and white figures sit in the upper middle of the composition, a curious clue to what lies behind the veil…
We had just finished our dinner. The object I photographed for this post sat right in front of me. It had faithfully occupied the same space each evening of the week and yet I hadn’t considered capturing the qualities that made it unique and artistically valuable. I like to imagine that it was patiently waiting there in plain sight for the time when I would see it from the right angle. Then resistance to it’s apparent charms would be futile. There are 2 versions of this photograph. In the version featured above, the color is more concentrated. The other version, shown here, is darker and the overall effect is more dramatic. Which version do you prefer? I guess it all depends on your mood.
Marisa D. Aceves. Obsidian Rhythm – Composition 10. digital photography
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As I gingerly opened my bathroom drawers, I noticed the plethora of specialized brushes, makeup wrappers, hair picks and other beauty paraphernalia. The small drawers could barely hold years of accumulated styling tools. I knew instantly that I had to engage in a little activity that none of us like to admit that we have to do, spring cleaning. Then, they jumped out at me. They were small, black and had interesting ridges that were easy to notice when the light moved across their narrow surface. After taking several pictures with my phone camera, I realized that the results reminded me of many examples of 60’s Op art that I’d seen in heavy, college art books. The neutral black of the objects made it even easier to focus on the pronounced rhythms the lines formed.
It’s not always apparent which objects I should photograph. Sometimes I have to wait patiently until something speaks to me; then I have a visual conversation with the object I’ve chosen. In this particular case, the objects were small and thin. It took several to form the surface designs that would give this picture it’s defining quality.
Marisa D. Aceves. Chroma Blast – Blue Crush Wave. digital photography
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Several shards of light like tiny white arms push and stretch the blues and greens as they bend gracefully into a familiar curl. This isn’t the first wave nor is it the second, but it will have it’s time. Those brave enough to ride it will have spotted it immediately. They will see the waters subtle, seductive smile as she urges them to take the plunge. With hawk eyes, natural athleticism, and an unquenchable hunger for the unknown they will advance. Some will move cautiously; years of experience will have taught them when the time is right. Others will launch immediately, never considering the possible dangers they might face. With every atom of their bodies, held together with sound, they love the sport. It is, at it’s very essence who they are.
A couple of Christmases ago, my cousin Stacey had given me a pretty, decorative wire angel that was supposed to function as an alternative version of a tree. Several glass ornaments with simple, graphic patterns were included with the angel. Some were shaped like small droplets of water, others looked like spinning tops. The subtle patterns of light formed by the overlapping shapes resulted in some intriguing abstract photography. When taken out of their original context, some of the photos, like the one above, suddenly looked like familiar places and objects that many of us have seen or experienced.
Marisa D. Aceves. After The Rain: Refuge In A Parking Lot Tree. Feel free to check out more of my work at acevesart.com
The rain had lifted. Streaks of grey clouds covered the suburban landscape as a flock of birds sat patiently in a large parking lot tree. A soft halo of light crowned the natural specimen in a temporary glory. I lifted my new LG G3 smart phone to the above scene described and gently tapped the camera icon. The phone made a triumphant popping sound as the scene was captured. Some added filters, saturation and mild sharpening later, the desired mood was set; the photo was complete.
It was a friday afternoon and Mom and I had settled on the idea of visiting our favorite Wing Stop restaurant. She decided to stop for money on the way, so we visited our local H.E.B. grocery store. When we pulled into the parking lot, I spotted the tree with its cargo. I knew I had to stay behind while she went to the ATM. This was a chance to use my new phone. I must report that I was impressed with everything the camera on this phone has to offer. It’s a smart buy, light weight, user friendly and has an excellent camera with a variety of filters and effects. For all you on-the-go camera enthusiasts, if you forget your DSLR or subcompact at home, the LG G3 is an excellent alternative.
Marisa D. Aceves. Jellyfish 1. digital photography. acevesart.com
Soft perforated waves of fabric twist and turn as they gracefully emerge from the silent darkness that envelops them. Although this peculiar breed of creature can’t be found in any of the vast bodies of water that populate the planet, it reminds us of the structure of life we might experience if we visited the oceans depths. High-contrast monochromatic treatment of this simple, widely used subject helps to enhance the illusion that we are somehow included in this rare discovery.
Earlier this week, I was busy looking for objects to photograph. I stumbled upon this object hanging out in the my bathroom with the towels, soaps, body washes, and countless styling tools. At first I didn’t want to disturb it, especially since it’s undramatic, vanilla beige didn’t initially attract me. However, I quickly changed my mind as I noticed the objects intriguing texture. Since color was obviously not going to be the star of this photo, I chose to focus on line, shape and form. The decision to portray this object with black and white photography gives it a timeless, elegant feel.