In week five, Samantha chose to present a very interesting artist to the class. Lissy Elle is a digital artist that incorporates Photoshop into her images. I instantly loved her beautiful, dream- like photographs. I visited her website to check out more of her images and found her auto- biography that portrays her quirky essence that is captured in her surreal whimsical images:
“My name is Lissy and I live between a tall forest and an old cornfield. I wander between them imagining terribly impossible things and scribbling in journals about how to make them real. I discovered photography as an art-form when I was 13. It quickly became an escape from the trials of adolescence, and an excuse to let it soldier on. The reason to get up in the morning and wash your hair. To re-arrange your bedroom furniture. To save your money for a Nikkor 50mm 1.8 lens. To explore an abandoned house. To tie two dozen apples to trees. To cut out a thousand paper stars. To practice ballet. To learn to levitate. To have tea parties at the age of 18. To forge, through art, a place for yourself in the world and fight tooth and nail to stay there.”
Tearful Weather is one of Lissy Elle’s better-known images, and one that I am most familiar with. Much of her work is edited in Photoshop and I was particularly impressed by her skills in dealing with shadows throughout her photographic pieces. Her ability to blend them seamlessly into the image makes the viewer ask how it can be possible.