Inspirations – I think, I’m a Dreamer by Ben Goossens
To make this kind of image, you have to have 40 years of crazy experience. All my life I created my own landscapes or adapted them for the concept I had in mind. In fact I seldom leave home without a camera and when I see an interesting object or subject, I shoot and I’m already thinking about what I can or will do with it.
I rarely use or present a one shot image. I will always bring my “personal touch”….it’s a professional disease…lucky it doesn’t hurt too much. What I make now is a logic follow-up from what I did as an Art Director in advertising where surrealism was a source of inspiration for the national and international visual concepts. One object or subject can give me inspiration to add something else to create my personal image, in which I always try to tell MY story. Many call me the R. Magritte or Dali of photography–those “crazy surreal” images are already edited worldwide. Some hate them; others like them very much, so?
All images used are from my personal stock which is a culmination of 40 years of work—a full 1 TB hard drive. For this image the man was shot on the street. Once I had extracted him, I wanted to make him different and surreal. So I got rid of his face and did some airbrush technique to restore the collar and of course I needed it to be on a nature background. As I had no fitting background, I started with a grass shot and added two (2) fitting sky shots all from my stock. One of the sky images were added in overlay to create more movement and I also did a lot of color adjustment with PhotoShop. For the composition and depth, I added the birds and tree and created a shadow under the tree, making sure the birds started from his eyes. Once all in place and color adjusted, I added a texture layer, on blending mode soft light, to give it a painterly feeling. On a new layer, I painted with the airbrush tool, some soft colors and reduced the layer opacity till satisfied.
This image is my “avatar image” because that’s how feel and how I had to be in my profession as an Art Director. ~Ben Goossens