Photography Mirco Hibiscus Bloom

Photography Mirco Hibiscus Bloom

There is something so beautiful about the Hibiscus drying bloom. The textures and tones that happen as the bloom darkens. Capturing the motion of time as each bloom (typically) stands for one-day.

As the bloom drys out a new set of values are established. Transfer to a health advantage to strengthen your immune system.

Alphabetography

Alphabetography

Project GOAL


In this blog post, I am exploring how two is represented through photography in English and Japanese.

Many people have different ways of representing the number two. In English, we use a “2” with a line for each leg and in Japanese they use two horizontal lines.

In Japanese, the kanji for “two” has three strokes: one vertical line on top of another horizontal stroke, then an arc-like curve at the bottom that looks like wings with their tips turned in (or out). I think it is interesting that two in English also has three characters.

Mockup plan for the Alphabetography photo project

I’ve just been using Duolingo every day and despite liking what exercises they offer there doesn’t seem to be any improvement in retention when removed from their platform – gotta mix things up a little bit!

Alphabetography

I am drawn to the Japanese language and culture because of a fascination I have with their unique alphabet. As someone who is trained in typography, calligraphy, and branding – these symbols are visually interesting to me in that they slow me down when creating them as there is a precision required which requires focus on my part.

Practice Handwriting

It’s really amusing to see how Google Translate interprets my handwriting. The gibberish is fun to read! Here are two examples of the same passage that I wrote in my notebook and it turns out that while there are a lot of errors, you can still make sense of what was written at times. And how quickly it can be wrong.

Google Translate of Handwriting Practice

I do tend to learn more from my mistakes – first off I learn what the correct symbol is for a word. And, I also learn a new symbol for what my mistake is. Comparing the two can sometimes help me recognize the difference.

Ireland in Japanese

Ireland in Japanese
Farm to Table

Farm to Table

The Crown by Gary Crossey

Crown

You Nailed It

My Skin

You Nailed It

I See You

You Nailed It

Disconnect

You Nailed It

You Nailed It

The rooster’s beauty is no less than that of a peacock, but sadly he doesn’t get the same appreciation.

For The Farm-to-Table Series I wanted to show a different perspective by showcasing the subject using texture, color, value, and form. Exhibiting the essence and cleverness of my favorite animal, the rooster.

Narrative

Crown
My Skin
I See You
Disconnect
You Nailed It

Using the captions to guide the narrative was interesting. The idea of the captions forming into a short poem felt important. The images should be a process. Of seeing something from a different point of view. The staircase structure of the typography leads to this ideas that change is a process, and an upward process – like climbing a staircase.

Principles of Design

The principles of design photography I was creating until Pablo my pet Rooster arrived on the scene and ready for his close ups.

Reflective Light

Reflective Light

Reflective Light

Reflective Light – There is something some special about his photo. Using my camera to creative art has always been very important to me. Recently, I have started to focus on shape images, subject, photo methods. This photo reminds me how much I love making abstract art with my camera.

With a double exposure and high contrast the reflections from the overhead lighting hit the metal walls of a small elevator. Somehow, the light rods present much more than nothing. They are not the light that was installed. They are the second thought the reflection of the light fixture – in certain high-contrast.

Kite Flyer

Kite Flyer

Kite Flyer

Photography by Gary Crossey

THE KITE FLYER – is one of my favorite photos. Everything about this photo feels good to me. If I were to have planned this photograph, I could not have staged it any better. 

The yellow shorts against the dark sky is so prefect. 

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Nightlight Photography

Nightlight Photography

I am not typically a sun person. So, I especially enjoy going to the beach at night. It always surprises me how few people go on a beach at night. The entire beach is normally quite empty. The light on the beach at night is also quite usual. Unlike a few hundred feet away – the Hotels and Motel Lodges have festive lights burning all night. Somehow those light seem contained and held in place.

I used a very long exposures to capture the night photography. The reflection of the Fort Myers Beach coastline in the water pool was so interesting to me. On the beach, the reflections were too dark to really notice. In my camera I was able to let the light build the image over time to capture what was there and wasn’t at the same time. Photography as a creative tool has always been of the most interest to me. I never really want to capture what is right there – I often want my photos to be of what wasn’t quite there. So that the photography can work like memories. Fragmented at best and imprint in our brain. I now remember the beach by these photos I created. I didn’t actually see the coastline as the photos present buy my memory is forever connected to this series of night beach photos.

Night Photography by Gary Crossey
Fort Myers Beach, FL – Photography by Gary Crossey
Night Photography by Gary Crossey
Fort Myers Beach, FL – Photography by Gary Crossey
Night beach photography by Gary Crossey
Fort Myers Beach, FL – Photography by Gary Crossey
Hotel Lodge By Gary Crossey
Fort Myers Beach, FL – Photography by Gary Crossey
Beach photography by Gary Crossey
Fort Myers Beach, FL – Photography by Gary Crossey
Spring Bloom

Spring Bloom

It’s hard for me to pass a nice bloom without pulling my camera out. My walks in West Asheville at the start of Spring were filled with blooming crocus.

Light & Color Photography

Light & Color Photography

Similar and not the same

Similar. But, Not the Same

I loved creating this image.

There is something simple and innocent about the subject. It’s uncomplicated. A few rows of circles that appear to be in harmony with one another.

I like the absence of complexity. At first it seems to just be the same thing repeated.  And, that is what the image is.

With a little observation each sphere becomes more interesting. Each sphere has it’s own personality. Each sphere has a slightly different swirl, color, or highlight.

I find it interesting how each sphere interacts with the background. The background is slightly enlarged, flipped up-side-down, and made spherical (I love the magic of glass).

NEW EQUIPMENT – Round Lights

Yes, I got to play with my new round lights.

With the round light I was able to create circle highlights around each sphere. Encapsulating the essential features.
That effect just isn’t possible with a regular light kit.

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I Was Sphere! 

Be sure click on the image to enlarge.

There are so many little worlds to explore.
Working the deep blue that appears on some of the spheres really adds to how different each sphere each. 

Motion Graphic Animation by Gary Crossey
Photography by Gary Crossey - Light and Color

 

NEW EQUIPMENT – Round Lights

Yes, I got to play with my new round lights.

With the round light I was able to create circle highlights around each sphere. Encapsulating the essential features.
That effect just isn’t possible with a regular light kit.

Photography by Gary Crossey - Light and Color
Adobe Beta Tester

Adobe Beta Tester

My Beta Results for new Adobe Photoshop Camera.

There are so many options for one photo.
As long as you follow a few simple rules.

Photoshop Camera wants to identity the background (especially the sky). For the best results the background needs to be well defined, with a clear shot.

The candid photography that I processed with the Photoshop Camera filter were mostly unusable.

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Week in Photos

Week in Photos

Perhaps beginning to reach my limit with Lockdown. Imaginary faces appearing in my dishes. The oil in the water is unusually interesting. And time to enjoy the spring light. And not enough time to capture our newly visiting Woodpecker. (Click 🖼️ Photos to Enlarge)

Product Photography – Barkley's Mill Cornmeal

Product Photography – Barkley's Mill Cornmeal

Product Photography - Asheville
See my product photography in action (and order some Organic Cornmeal it is super good).
https://www.barkleysmill.com/collections/all-products/products/gourmet-stoned-happy-cornmeal
We wish Barkley’s Mill the best success with their new Organic Happy Stone Cornmeal.
It is awesome to work with a local business that has such incredible standards to bring the best products to market. Every step of Barkley’s Mill operation is tightly orchestrated that has the most organic of beginnings. The mill is simply amazing (a work of craftsmanship). I feel honored to manager their eCommerce website, online marketing, and email campaigns.
Check our the Barkley’s Mill Recipes for their new Organic Cornmeal product.
Blog Photography
https://www.barkleysmill.com/blogs/recipes/jim-s-favorite-cornmeal-bread-recipe
https://www.barkleysmill.com/blogs/recipes/heirloom-cornbread
PHOTOGRAPHY Rule of Thirds

PHOTOGRAPHY Rule of Thirds

Photographer Gary Crossey

Story: Rule of Thirds

ASSIGNMENT: The rule of thirds is the first compositional rule most photographers learn, but most don’t know why they learn it. The rule of thirds is fantastic for telling a story. Tell a story using the rule of thirds.
PHOTO: The beginning of the year has begun with thick mountain fogs. Most of the animals are staying close to the house. The Rooster got my attention – then his buddies showed up.

PHOTOGRAPHY Hand Study

PHOTOGRAPHY Hand Study

Photography by Gary Crossey - Hand Study
The photography hand study was created using a scanner. The hand was positioned in the scanner and held still while capturing. During the process, the model had to hold her hand completely still. The process created a visual tension that I was after. I experimented with a similar process using a camera and sheet of glass – None of the pressure appeared when the hand was held for a few seconds as it did when held for a few minutes. The effect of the glass against the fingertips really reinforces that sense of pressure and force pushing down.  To the effect to almost remove the imprint of the fingerprint.
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CD Cover – Brave Hands

Photography Boy George & Friends

Photography Boy George & Friends

Boy George Photography by Gary Crossey (IrishGuy)
 
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Backstage with Boy George (Heaven – London).

Soundcheck

Photography by Gary Crossey

Tasty Tim Bash – London

Bunny & Boy George performing a David Bowie cover in Heaven nightclub (London).
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Fantastic photography assignment and night out in London.
The event was hosted by Tasty Tim at Heaven Nightclub (London).
Boy George performed to a private VIP party. The David Bowie cover was incredible.
The photos were published on London rags and social media websites.
 
 
 

PHOTOGRAPHY Sandy Mush

PHOTOGRAPHY New Pals

Photography By Gary Crossey - The New Pals 2016 (Chicken and Cat)
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Pablo (chicken) and Timmy (cat) have become quite the new pals. Shortly after being born, Pablo was rejected from the nest. His small body submerged in a dirty puddle. The following days his body remained motionless. Baking under a red heat lamp. By day seven Pablo has gained the strength to stand.
Since then, Pablo has become an attractive addition to the farm. He has a large personality. Big talker. With a range of sounds for “Give me Food”, “The Water Dish is Empty – again!“, and “I want a cuddle”.
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LOCATION: Soapbox Farm – Asheville NC.
 
 

PHOTOGRAPHY Sandy Mush

PHOTOGRAPHY: Social Network

HEville Social Network was an early start-up.
Asheville Photography Sample by Gary Crossey (aka Irishguy)
The dots in the shadows made me think of the network membership.
Photography by Gary Crossey
The Sun Ray ads were very popular – the remaining photos from this shoot are available at garycrossey.photography/sun-ray-patterns

PHOTOGRAPHY Sandy Mush

GRAPHIC DESIGN: CD Cover

CD Cover Design – Brave Hands

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The most talent Deborah Lutz is always a pleasure.
The Brave Hands CD cover began by creating interesting double exposures of hands. I finished the design in Photoshop with a collection of my texture photos (available at garycrossey.photography).
 
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Photography of Tonya Abernathy

Photography of Tonya Abernathy

Photographing Tonya Abernathy lead singer of The Robustos was always great fun. We worked on the red series using red lighting a low quality digital camera to create a low density image that I was after. The lighting effect did create visual artifacts that were later corrected in Photoshop.
CD insert design by Gary Crossey
Head shot by Asheville photographer Gary Crossey

 

PHOTOGRAPHY Sandy Mush

PHOTO RESTORATION: Historical

Photo Restoration Services

Restoring your historical heirloom photos from water damage, mold damage, and even torn or ripped photos. Have your old family photos restored to their former glory. Here are a few examples of photographs that we restored for an Historical Jewish Website.
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PHOTO: Mold and tore damage.
Historic Photo Restoration by Gary Crossey Asheville
PHOTO: Heavy mold and marker damage.
Photo restore by Gary Crossey
PHOTO: Missing part of face with heavy mold damage.
Photo restore by Asheville IrishGuy
PHOTO: Metal strains, missing spots and visual damage around mouth.
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PHOTO: Water spots and fold removed from photo.
Photo restoration of historical Jewish Photo
PHOTO: Large fold removed, water and mold damage removed. Missing spots restored.
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Photo Restoration Experts

We can scan and restore your photos from any format, printed photograph, 35mm negatives, slides, and large format transparencies.

Photo Restoration Services

  • Color Correction.
  • Light Balance for unexposed photo.
  • Restore faded photography.
  • Restore damaged or torn photography.
  • Remove fold lines from photos.
  • Restore from fire, water, and mold damage.

High-Resolution Photography

All final photos are high-resolution photography for the highest quality printing.

PHOTOGRAPHY: Headshot Kitty

PHOTOGRAPHY: Headshot Kitty

Kitty Portrait -Photography by Gary Crossey.
Kitty Portrait – Click on photo to enlarge. Photography by Gary Crossey.


Yes, I know there is a theme developing here.

Just to be sure to get the cat headshot out there.
This is Timmy – one of five working cats. Timmy earns his keep on our farm located outside Asheville.
Be sure to click on the photo to have a closer view of those captivating eyes.

PHOTOGRAPHY Sandy Mush

PHOTOGRAPHY: Dog Portraits

Writers are told to write what they know. The same is true for photographers. Photograph what you know. They also say, “never work with animals or children”.
That said – enjoy my Dog Portrait Page.

PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY ASHEVILLE

Big Boy is the alpha guardian dog for Soapbox Farm.  Located in the rural farmlands outside Asheville. Big Boy heads a pack of four dogs; with Miss Sandy Mush as his side kick.
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Miss Sandy Mush a special Carolina breed. Adopted on the same day as Big Boy. Sandy might is one of the smartest dogs, with a complex layering of character.
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Fin (White Giant) – correctly named by my nephew Tiarnan. A gifted dog from a dear friend – Fin is the nighttime security.
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Click photo of Fin for a SUPER large experience. Fin is such a super loving boy – who enjoys long naps in the car.

Product Photography

Product Photography

Ladies Fashion Product Photography By Gary Crossey

Asheville Product Photography / Website Design

Product Photography for Print Marketing and Website Design. A successful website requires content. Without the right content, your website design will fail.

For the Jazzy Asheville web design project the right content was elementary. Ladies high-fashion is an exclusive market. The target market is precise. And the customers want access to the limited collection. People do not visit a website for nothing special. Especially true for a high-fashion websites. Thankfully, unlike other website designers in Asheville or beyond, my skills are not limited to coding. With a minor in photography, I am equally skilled behind a camera or keyboard.

Shooting these beautiful garments was incredible. I have never handled fabrics of such fairness and design. Often the pieces were limited to 1 or 2 items. Using models simply was not a practical approach – we did try. While other web designers, graphic designers, SEO specialists, photographers, and media rich digital developers rely on each other to complete a project – my track record as a leading Asheville visual artists and programmer shows I can deliver – DIRECTLY.

Beginning with a detailed SEO plan to direct the development of website content and design. Without the correct content, website fail. Having the correct photography, graphics, infographics, and programming are key to your businesses online success. Do not let creating online content hold your business website back. I understand it is a real challenge for businesses (even creative industries) to create their website content.

PHOTOGRAPHY Architectural

PHOTOGRAPHY Architectural

Asheville Architectural Photography by Gary Crossey
Before the Wicked Weed in Asheville. There was a short period when the Asheville Hardware store was downtown. Just before the opening, the client was eager to have Press Releases and marketing about the grand opening to include their branding.
However, when I arrived to for the Architectural Photography – the signs had not been installed. I photographed the building and added the log to the photos in Photoshop. Below is an example of the sign that the client had during the photo shoot.

Before added the logo in Photoshop

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The London Scene

The London Scene

London Party Invite
Mark Moore
Mark Moore
Mark Moore

Boy George Performance

📷 Photography of Boy George Performance (2002).

Mark Moore (DJ) has maintained a scene in London for many years. Getting to meet Mark over lunch, and later over Indian delivery at his home was extra ordinary.

 

Invited to photograph the Mark Moore was freaking awesome. Landing directly in London to VIP treatment wasn’t half bad either. Other photographs weren’t getting in while I got full-access to private VIP parties. 

Seeing these photos printed in a local London mag and used on a clubscene blog was reaffirming and exciting.

PHOTOGRAPHY Sandy Mush

ADVERTISING Print Ads

Series of Asheville Print Ads

The series of black and white print ads created for My Native Ireland (Asheville). The graphic design of the ads follows the company Branding and borrows graphics from the website.
The client hired us for Product Photography, Copy Writing, Graphic Design, Printing, and Distribution. We photographed the product in the downtown Asheville store.
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Asheville Print Ad - Diana Wortham

Diana Wortham Program


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Highland Games Print Ad


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Mountain Xpress Asheville Print Ad


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Rapid River Print Ad


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PHOTOGRAPHY Sandy Mush

PHOTOGRAPHY Blue Curves

Blue Curves

Photographer: Gary Crossey


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The futuristic reflections of the lights and grass against a sphere installation.
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PHOTOGRAPHY Sandy Mush

PHOTOGRAPHY Abstract

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Red by Gary Crossey


 
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Checker

I am building a theme in the simple to follow naming of this collection of photography. With Checkered Floor, I photographed a public building in the center of Belfast. As a child, I stood outside this building a million times. Embarking on a bus to any direction of Belfast.
As an adult, I entered the building and discover Checkered Floors. After talking with my family and friends – none of them had ever gone inside the building. But, in their mind, they all had an idea of what they expected to see. It was not checkered floors. I then made “Checker” with fragments of different photos – each representing might think of the ground when they know it is just a checkered floor.
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Every Day Art

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Red Curves

Red with patterns – hard for me to resist photographing.
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PHOTOGRAPHY Sandy Mush

PHOTOGRAPHY Atlanta Restaurant

Photograher Gary Crossey for Asheville Graphic Desgin
The promotional photography created for The Big Red Tomato (Atlanta).

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Print of Promotional Card

The promotional card photography captures the essence of a good dirty martini.
The vodka/gin is represented with the bottle shadow.
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Restaurant Table Tent

Table Tent Asheville Graphic Design Example
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PHOTOGRAPHY Sandy Mush

PHOTOGRAPHY Lines

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Straight lines are everywhere.
Here are a few of my line photos.
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Animation of Lines.
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Line Animation by Gary Crossey
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PHOTOGRAPHY Sandy Mush

PHOTOGRAPHY Educational Editorial

Photography by Gary Crossey - Educational Editorial
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The Glue Gun entered my life during my first Window Dressing job – where we used the Glue Gun for everything. I have remained a huge fan ever since.

Reasons why I like working with a Glue Gun

  • The glue set quickly.
  • The objects are easy to reset.
  • Hot Glue removes with ease (clients products returned without damage).

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Pencil Design

Photography Pencil Tips by Gary Crossey

WEBSITE DESIGN: Photography Abstractions

WEBSITE DESIGN: Photography Abstractions

Photography created for the Crosseyed Graphics website. Set up in the early days of the internet. I built the site with HTML.
Due to slow connection speeds, the background photography was sliced into hundreds of small tiles. The small tiles would reduce bottlenecking the server while creating an interesting loading pattern for the viewer.
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