People sometimes ask how I create my more unusual portraits. First and foremost I strive to use real items - props, costumes, and sets - akin to what Hollywood refers to as "practical effects." This Steampunk African Style I portrait is no exception in that all the items shown are real - I acquired the antique trunk in Denver and elements of the costume from various sellers including Seven Status.
Digital effects can contribute to creating great portraits, especially when they originate with a real subject. That is the case with steam engine 482 in this portrait. In 2016, I photographed the locomotive when in Silverton, Colorado on a stop during an excursion on the Durango and Silverton Narrow Gauge Railroad. (One passenger cheerfully remarked that I had to know what I was doing given the heavy professional equipment I was hauling.) Applying some digital compositing effects resulted in the beautiful background you see here.
- Juliet Miles