Cut It Out – A Visual StoryTelling Project

I am working with a local photographer – Cheryl Gorski to produce a visual storytelling project. Thehidingcpr Visual Storytelling series is called “Cut It Out” and is about Domestic Violence. Visual Storytelling is a phase that has been making its’ rounds a lot more in the recent years.  In simple terms visual storytelling is a technique that uses photos, photo manipulation, videos, illustrations, presentations, paintings, and other visual means, to convey a message. The message can evoke almost any emotional response in a viewer, from humor, shock, informing, inspiring, etc.

About one quarter of the human brain is involved in visual processing more than any other sense.

Flash AngercprThe human species makes sense of the world around them by using all their 5 senses, will some people say by using all their 6 senses.  However, scientist have found that about one quarter of the human brain is involved in visual processing, more then any other sense.  Visual processing has been the way humans have made sense of the world since the stone age. Visual storytelling has its’ history in the prehistoric cave paintings and the impact from them still effect us today during the internet era.

TrinityHawk Photography & Multimedia uses this knowledge and the knowledge found by the 3M Corporation earlier this year that our brains process images 60,000 times faster than it does text[1], and MIT scientist discovered that we are capable of processing entire images in just 13 milliseconds [2] to the process of creating their artwork.  Viewers look at a piece of work for a split second and decide what reaction it causes within them, if it is a good reaction, one of awe, even if it is shocking. This reaction will draw the viewer back to view the work again, more often then not.  That is the name of the game, if an art lover or collector is drawn back to a piece they are more apt to buy, because they are more apt to want that piece in their collection or on their own wall.

The photos posted in this projects are a collaboration between both her photography, my photography manipulation and my computer art to create fine art ready for printing and show casing at art shows.   We are hoping to also put it all together in a photo book combined with statics on Domestic Violence.

Please, enjoy this sneak peek and leave comments on your thoughts of the art and project itself.

[1] Tim Elmore |Growing Leaders | page6

[2] January 16, 2014 | Anne Trafton | Medical Press | “Neuroscientist Find the Brain Can Identify Images Seen For As Little As 13 Milliseconds”

 

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I Have Been Published Again!

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I have been in photography for over 20 years, but took up Photoshop and computer art classes when I was going to college in 2004 through 2010. However, It wasn’t the last 4 years that I took it more seriously and started studying how to improve my skills. I wanted to be able to blend my artistic skills with my photography, or take my artistic skills and use the computer programs and create art with out photography.

So, I took a few more Photoshop courses, practiced with a few other programs and watched LOTS and LOTS of YouTube tutorials, as well as, other tutorials all over the internet.  I read as much as I could about the craft and practiced even more, and still do, you can never practice too much, or learn enough in this medium.

However, with all this effort it finally paid off!

It truly has been a long time since my art has been “active” besides in my own head, LOL

I can say I have had some buyers, I sell online, and I have had some commission work.  But things haven’t been where they were when I was younger, with art shows, published work and art festivals.  It seems that this past week might have been the catalyst point for my dying art freelance business and art life.  I ran spoke to an art associate I haven’t spoken to over a year now, I had a meeting with two art associates I haven’t spoken with in over two years, and ran into a friend who was part of the same art community as me over 17 years ago. All those re connections may of just breathed life back into this artist soul and my art life.

Because, since each one of their connection with me has been reconnected something great has been happening!

I booked an art show for November of next year, opening reception November 5th, 2016 5 to 9 pm

I have been asked to come up with an art program (weekly or monthly) and each it

I now able to announce, now that the magazine has been published, that I had Two pieces of my Digital art was published in Strange Beauty Magazine!

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Never give up on your dreams even when you think you’re getting to old, or you are to disabled and something looks impossible. There is always away!

J Is For Joker

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Digital computer painting created in Photoshop CC – All Rights Reserved: TrinityHawk Photography & Multimedia.

You can see some of my art products here:  http://www.redbubble.com/people/sweetsexycurves

Also offering a special:  Deck out your device with 15% off smartphone cases & laptop skins. Use code DEVICE15.

My Art Facebook is here:  https://www.facebook.com/Trinton.TrinityHawk

Come have a look and like my page.  Let me know you have been there and leave me a comment.  I handle everything personally and will be happy to comment back to you.

I maybe setting up an Etsy and/or Ebay site soon, I let you know when this occurs.

Busy – Busy – Busy ME …..

I have been very busy these past few weeks. 
 
I know I have missed some updates on this blog and I haven’t done a lot of work on the website, I need to get on that!  
 
I have been busy baby sitting my new grand daughter, going to some doctor appointments, entering photography contests (and yes have won a few I will be posting those shortly), and I also have started a new magazine “Sweet Sexy Curves”.   I will also be posting about that.  This post is about being BUSY and how to stay organizes (which I am not LOL).
 
Thanks to a person I follow and admire greatly I found a new web site I am following and hope to join that will help me become for organized:  http://springsled.com/?ref=fWPvqGOg
 
Come check it out – join – and get more organized yourself! 
 
Check me out as I will be posting more about those art contests and about the magazine!
 
 BTW:  We are looking for editorial writers to write articles on BBW and BHM subjects for the new magazine to get in at ground level.   If your interested please contact me at trinityhawkphoto@hotmail.com
 
Blessings!

Photography Compostion:

7 Basic Photography Composition Tips By: Peter Bang

The above link is to a wonderful blog entry on Bloglovin about composition – two main things that are most important when taking a photo, in no particular order:

1. Composition and 2. Lighting

1. Lighting and 2. Composition

Keep those two things in mind when forming your photograph in your mind and your photography no matter what you are shooting with will improve drastically.

1. Lighting:

Should the light be behind the subject or should the light be behind the photographer? – Where should the light be when taking photographs? Always think while visualizing you photograph, visualize where is the light, where should the light be with in this photograph, to get the effect I want to get.

2.  By definition, composition is purposeful arrangement of elements.

Learning to compose your photos can dramatically improve your photographs even when using your cell phone, point and shoot camera, DSLR, or whatever camera you have.

When you start to take a picture, everything you see in your viewfinder should serve a purpose.  Moving subject or camera to find a different angle, framing your image differently in the viewfinder, or what ever to get the right composition.

One of the most basic principles in any visual art, not just photography, is, the rule of thirds.

Imagine there are tic-tac-toe lines over your image. Two lines horizontally, and vertically so the image is divided into thirds horizontally and vertically.

The general rule is that the important objects, subjects or elements should be placed where the lines intersect or along the lines, in other words not dead center of the photo.

If it’s a portrait, the person’s head should not be in the middle of the image. The person’s eyes should be on or slightly above the top horizontal line.

The purpose of using the rule of thirds is to balance the image, and make it pleasing to the eyes.

If you’re starting out, your tendency might be to place your subject in the center because that’s where the camera’s focus point is. But since you just learned that you should off-center subjects, you should now move the focus point to any of the off-centered ones.

There’s an easy way to move your focus point around. Each camera has a different way of moving the focus point, so as I teach, always – always – always, read your manual and get to know your camera.

Also remember a very important fact, those focus points on your camera are not placed according to the rule of thirds. So, you will still have to figure this out in your mind while compromising your photograph with this technique.   One of the focus compromising techniques you can use is to focus on the part you want focused, keep the shutter button half pressed, then compose and frame how you want your image to be.

A professor in college said to me: “You need to know the rules, to be able to break them.”  So, remember this when you are  striving for technical perfection, and remember that following rules too strictly can lead to producing boring images. You need to add some of your own personality into each and ever photograph.

Until next time keep taking those photographs, get to know your camera, be welling to play, and know your camera
Trinton “TrinityHawk” Garrett

Bullying Is Deadly – Break The Silence

Bullying Is Deadly – Break The Silence.

 

This video above is just a short video showcasing a few stats and a few of the survivors of bullying.

Today we had our first donation to the Anti-Bully campaign. Ailim Hazel became our first donated and supporter.  She reached the Silver Friend donating $75 and starting us off with a bang.

 

We also have a couple of people who have said they will be taking the pledge against bullies and bullying .

 

I hope you will take a moment to click over to the campaign and have a look around. Then hopefully click the link and donate for this wonderful cause and/or take the vow to not.

 

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Stop The Bullying – Stop the Violence – Stop the Abuse – Stop the Silence

Stop the Bullying – Stop the Violence – Stop the Abuse  – Stop the Silence!

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Here I set at my desk Sunday night excited for more then one reason.  One we are facing my daughter bringing new life into the world in just about 18 weeks, and my birthday is in just about 5 weeks.  So, with these two celebrations of life in the horizon I figured it would be a great time to start a campaign to take a project I have been working on to the next level.  I am very passionate about Educating others on Bullying in society.  It isn’t just in the school yard anymore.  1 in every 3 students have suffered from some form of bullying. 

Yet, sadly many parent still take the outlook that “kids will be kids”.  I want to bring light on this very serious topic! I want to make these parents and others realize that it isn’t just a case of “kids being kids” that it is harassment, abuse, and yes sometimes, way to often, violence!

It also isn’t just in the school yard as stated above, it is on the phone, on the internet, the malls, in our homes, on our streets, etc.   Plus, it isn’t just children, it is adults too and our elderly.  It is time we educate those who are turning a blind eye or just don’t understand. It is time to make a difference for our children and for humanity herself!

Help make it happen for Stop the #Bullying #Violence #Abuse & Silence! on at Indiegogo http://t.co/6v4akZDc1a

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New Creations

Casting A Spell

 

 

 

 

 

“Casting A Spell” is one of a series of photo manipulations I did for a new client.  I wanted to share them with you because I felt they are some of my best pieces.  My client is a musician who goes by, Greg Sorcery, he has an infinity with hawks, just like I do.

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I received his photos, which his lovely wife took per my requirements and his few instructions as to what he was looking for in these photos, which he was going to use both as wall art and as flyers.  With these requirements I created him four different flyers. to choose from.   The first being the photo below: “Casting A Dragon Spell”, the flyer I created was the photo to the left: “Casting A Spell” giving my client a magical look along with morphing him into half man, half  hawk.

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The third photo I created for my client “Visiting A Dragon” was more vibrant and colorful, which he had stated he didn’t mind chaos and symbolism in his flyers. I like to build up to the more vibrant and more chaotic works because it is like a virtual drum roll. This  third photo was different from the first two not only because of its’ vibrancy but because I had changed my client’s outfit and the background, plus turned the whole photo into more of an illustration, which my client had stated he womagicmancpruld be happy with if I felt so inclined to do. The fourth photo “Magic Man” I created was my favorite it isn’t as vibrant as the third photo but, has more symbolism in it than all three of the previous photos put together. Since my client had stated he liked symbolism, I choose to include symbols from his life professionally and personally.  Such as the hawk, a dragon, and the stars, which not only represents music to him cause it reaches out and touches so many people in this world but also represented the peace in which music brings to him.  I also included two crabs for they represented both him and his wife.

Finally I will leave you with one of the Photo manipulations I did of myself.  I created this creation out of three different photos I took myself and brought together within Photoshop to create how my passion for art and graphic design burns through me fast and furious.

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Burning Passion Self Portrait

 

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Reflections of Life and Death:

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Reflections of Life and Death:

I write a journal daily and this blog is going to focus on one of my entries. I wrote about reflections. Not like the reflection in a shiny surface, but the kind we have when we look back at the past. In particular my reflections have been on death and birth recently. Why this subject have I been concentrating this subject of late? Will for a few reasons but the main ones are, one of my daughters is about to have a baby in July, the other one lost a baby about a year ago, and I just had a very bad health scare about a week ago. All this has me thinking of all my beloved, and not so beloved family members who have passed before me, back at each of the funerals I have been to and my own reaction to each.

I read a book in collage that spoke of “The Reflection of Death” mentions how with practice we must change our mind-set on death. Looking back I realize when my interest in death and what happens after death began. I also realized how different my reactions have been each time. Part of this difference was due to age, but I truly believe part of the difference has to do with my own journey and studies into religion and spirituality.

At the first funeral I attended was my sister’s funeral. My sister died, she was 14 years old and I was 13, and I remember hearing they found her dead in a pasture after being missing for several days. I never really had chance then to grieve her death because when ever I would start to cry my step-brother would tell me to pull it together that my parents needed me to be strong for them. So, I had plenty of time to sit down by the creek or taking long walks hisbloodspeltforyouand thinking about death and what happens after death with out grief getting in the way.

The day of the funeral I was told the casket was to remain closed, but when I stood up to walk towards the back of the room someone opened the casket and I freaked out. I started running away from the casket and screaming. I really didn’t know why I was running away and screaming, I just knew that I didn’t want to see my sister dead, even though I had been taught growing up that when one dies they leave the body behind like a snake leaving their skin. At that moment when I ran from my sister’s funeral is when I decided to study what different religions believe about death.

Reflecting back upon this reaction now, I think my reaction was in part due in part not being allowed to grieve but also due to three other factors.

  • The fact that I was only 14 and she was15, we were Irish twins and pretty darn close not only in age.
  • She had been murdered and by the time they had her funeral they had not caught the person who did it and there was whispers that that person might be at the funeral. Imagine what that does to a 14 year old imagination, who already has a very vivid imagination.
  • I was scared of death because I didn’t understand it, spirituality, or faith. So, I reacted to at her funeral with fear, instead of grief and mourning.

By the time I attended the next funeral which was 20 years later I had studied many different religions and what their thoughts were on death. The Baptist believes that you die and either goes to heaven or hell, depending on how you lived your life. In Catholicism they believe something very similar, except that you can get into heaven even if you lived a horrible life just by asking for forgiveness at the moment of your death. Then there is the Jehovah Witness who believes that when you die, your body is buried and nothing more happens.

I had not spoken to my father for over 15 years due to a misunderstanding and had just spent two years previously discussing life with him. While getting to know my father, all over again, he told me about my ancestry. He also said; “Your mother and I taught you to be your own person. You need to start traveling the path that is your destiny. Start really living life, instead of dying within the life you are pretending to have”.

When I received the call that my father had died, I couldn’t stop crying. I did everything I could to be at his funeral, including borrowing money. The day of his viewing I cried almost constant, then literally fill apart as they closed his casket. I fill apart to the point of having to be carried out of the funeral home and put into his wife’s truck. After the grave side service I stayed behind to grieve and to say goodbye to him and to my sister again, who gravestone was right next to my father‘s new grave. In a blink of an eye my grieving switched to rage. I started yelling

at my sister telling her she had won again. Once again she had dad with her and I was left without a father. After screaming at my sister’s gravestone for about 30 minutes and exhausting myself. I laid there on the ground between my sister and father’s graves crying and feeling so lost. I realized I wasn’t really angry AT my sister, I grieving for both of them. I was grieving for my father’s passing, for the loss of the previous 15 years I would never get back, and I was finally grieving my sister’s death.

As I said above was grieving, but I also was angry not at my sister, but because I had lost my sister 20 years previously, had not been allowed to grieve for her at the time, I had lost out on knowing my father because of a stupid misunderstanding, and because I had just lost my father after having a chance to get to know him from an adults point of view. But also because I was realizing my life as I had known it was changing, my marriage to my ex, for eight years was dying.

Yes, I was grieving the loss of many things in my life but not out of totally selfish reasons. I realized at this moment what my belief was about life and death. I believed that only their bodies laid here at these gravestones. Their spirits were free to start again and I would be seeing them in another form sometime in the future. After all our souls were connected and will remain so for all eternity. I know this because I could feel both of them as I lay there. I knew they were there watching over me, soothing me, loving me.

I went back to New York and ended my eight years of marriage and started a journey that leads me to where I am today. I also continued my studies in life and death, in religions, and other studies. Because I was more sure then ever of what my beliefs were, I knew I could make it though the rough points, after all I had my faith, and my father’s words to help me make it through.

Then in May of 2005 we received call that my brother had died in a car accident. I held my mom while she cried, I cried when I heard my older sister scream “Oh My God, not my brother”, but I didn’t cry for my brother. I spent time alone thinking about why I wasn’t crying. I reasoned that it was because we hadn’t been close, physically or emotionally for a very long time.

Yet, at his funeral I became aware that, the fact that we were not close, and had our differences, was only part of the reason I didn’t cry. The other half of the reason was I knew it was his time. I also knew that we would meet again at another time or on another plain when the time was right. He was just closing the door to his old life, and the shell he used during this life which was ravaged with alcoholism, drugs, anger, and bitterness was buried and now he was free of these problems and free to start his new life. Death is only an illusion in which we close one door and open another to a new beginning.

The last deaths I have fast so far in my life, and hopefully the last ones I will have to face before it is my time, other then my sweet grand babies were my mother’s and sister’s death which were with-in a month of each other. My mother was my best friend and greatest mentor, she died in April of 2010 of Lung Cancer which spread to her heart holyvirginraqueland brain. I took care of her and watched her weather away. It was hard for me, but not as hard if I had not had my faith I clung too. The day she passed I sat by her side that whole day and night until she took her last breath. I was the only child out of 4, who was able to be there. Two had already passed before her and my sister had her own handful with a husband who had cancer. I took care of the house we had to close down, the funeral arrangements etc. I did not have time to grieve or feel any type of emotions except to think about the days before that I had spent with her. I went over those days as I went through her things at the house. We held a give away and had her friends come and take a memorial piece they wanted to keep in memory of mom, we donated to the blind association etc. I didn’t even cry when we scattered part of her ashes at the base of a tree in her favorite park over looking Lake Erie, per her request. I did however allow myself sometime to cry and grieve on the train back to NYC, where I was living at the time. I reflect on this now and again I believe the lack of tears and what seems like the lack of grief was my knowing my mom was not in that shell any longer, she was not racked with pain, she was free to see her other children, to visit the man she loved, and to to start what other life was waiting for her. The as I said my sister died a month later by car accident. Again tears did not come, only the feeling of loss.

This does not mean I do not grieve or fear death for others in my life, such as, my wife, my daughter, and the new grandchild on the way. My fear is not of the Illusion of death, but pure selfishness on my part. I do not feel my time with them is through, that we have many things still to do in this life to do together. I was told once that the day you are born is the day you begin to die. I truly believe this is wrong, for in my studies and my own life I have come to the conclusion that the day you are born is the day you begin to live, until you die then you are born again into another life in which you begin again until you reach the ultimate enlightenment. Then you become an enlightened being who watches over others not only in life but in death.

Astrology Throw Pillows Coming Your Way!!!

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As I stated in one of the previous posts I have a lot of new things in the works.  One of them is an online store where I can sell my art work as everyday products, such as: Throw Pillows, Clocks, Shower Curtains, Etc.

Some of the designs are Astrology Pillows – Prints – Shower Curtains – Phone Cases/skins – Lap top skins – Ipad cases/skins – Clocks and more at my store: http://society6.com/TrintonGarrett Aries, Cancer, Scorpio, Taurus, and Gemini at this time more to come.

I am working on Leo now, so Leo will be posted sometime today or tomorrow.  If you would like to have another astrology sign posted soon send me a message and let me know and I get to it as quickly as I can.  First come first serve.  But all of them WILL be posted eventually.

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Below are just a couple more examples of what is available:  “Fuzzy Wuzzy Vamp Hoddie (all products here in this blog are also available as other products), and a Tardis starry night clock.

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