Saturday, April 10, 2010

Alpinist 30: The Climbing Life

I like to capture images of the city in the off hours when the streets are deserted. New Year's day was warm for upstate New York at 50º. The warm temperatures provided an opportunity to shoot without numb fingers. In New England, warm days in January are a gift. The city of Troy, NY was deserted when I snapped this photo [below] of a downtown alleyway's wet pavement and streetlights.

A few months back, stencil artist Joe Iurato remixed a few of my images into paintings. The image below entitled Night Climber is featured as the lead image in the current issue of Alpinist Magazine's column The Climbing Life. Congratulations to Joe on the publication of his illustration. I've worked with fellow artists before, providing image reference and stock photography, but I think Joe's painting is a great example of possibilities that photography can provide for fine artists and illustrators. I find it fascinating to see something that I've created turned into something completely different, while retaining its original character and intent.

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