From The Archive: Titusville

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

It’s always important to return home. Titusville, the small town in western Pennsylvania where oil was first discovered in America is Chris’s hometown and a constant source of inspiration for the environmental portraiture we create.

Since 2001, Chris has been making photos in his hometown – beginning with landscape work and transitioning to portraiture, Titusville was the inspiration for our award winning Steelworker series, a project which later grew to encompass the entire town and subjects from all walks of life.

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

The best description of Chris’s Titusville work comes straight from the artist himself (from Chris’s interview with Photographers on Photography):

The Titusville portraits are all vignettes of a bigger romantic tale I’m weaving about the place and my upbringing. Reality is what you perceive it to be and I think most people want to paint a pretty picture of their childhood. I am so fond of Titusville and think that everyone there just has so much life to them.”

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

chris crisman enviormental portraiture titusville

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New Conceptual Portrait – Flower Child

Here it is – our latest conceptual portrait. Following in the style of Paper Airplanes, Dock Jumper, and Butterfly Girl, we’re excited to release the latest and greatest in our series of personal work.

The landscape may look familiar from our trip to California earlier this year – the dramatic views of the west coast definitely served as inspiration for this picture. Make sure to head over to our website and see the image full size. Also, keep reading for behind the scenes photos & insight into how this newest image came together…

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New Conceptual Portrait – Butterfly Girl

This is it – the moment we’ve been waiting for. The time has finally come to release our newest conceptual portrait. We’ve blogged about this photo a tiny bit in the past, and will fill you all in on the details in the future, but we absolutely couldn’t wait to share this image.

Make sure to head over to our portfolio site to see the photo in its full-sized glory and keep watching the blog for a more in-depth look at what it took to make this picture. Any questions about the photo? Make sure to send them our way @crismanphoto on twitter or drop us a note in the comments. Enjoy!

Creating the Image Part IV of IV – Final Product

Last but not least, we’ve reached part four of Creating the Image, our new blog series that breaks down and takes an in depth look at what really goes into making Chris’s personal, conceptual portraiture. Back in January of this year we created some persona work, with the intention of not only making amazing images, but documenting the entire process from concepting and brainstorming, to shooting, editing, retouching and all the way to the final product. If you’re just joining us now, make sure to catch up with Part I: Concepting, Part II: Shooting, and Part III: Retouching.

When a shot is finished with retouching, it simply doesn’t sit around on our archives, taking up space. In the case of our advertising and editorial work, there are the final steps of delivering the finished product, whether it’s an FTP transfer or a Fedex’d hard drive. With personal work, the final step is a little bit different. Much in the same way that we control the process from concepting to shooting to retouching, we also have full control of how we use the finished image; how we distribute it, when we share it on the blog and the web, if we want to use it for promotional projects and portfolios. Keep reading to see our paper airplanes image come to life in all of these different forms…

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Creating the Image Part III of IV – Retouching

Here we are at part three of Creating the Image, our brand new blog series that breaks down and takes an in depth look at what really goes into making Chris’s personal, conceptual portraiture. Back in January of this year we created some persona work, with the intention of not only making amazing images, but documenting the entire process from concepting and brainstorming, to shooting, editing, retouching and all the way to the final product.

For our third post, we wanted to focus on the process that begins after the shoot wraps and the set is struck. With all of the pieces planned and photographed, the project transitioned over into the hands of our in-house digital artists. Working closely with Chris from the beginning stages of the shoot, they were able to work together the final composite in record time. Keep reading to learn more about the process of putting it all together…

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Weekly Wrap-up, November 14th-18th

It’s been another good week here in and around Philly. You might be wondering about that shot above, and I’ll be the first to say, we definitely don’t have views like that around here on the east coast. You’re looking at the sun rising in northern California, where Chris is currently shooting a new body of personal work. He’s flying solo on this shoot, with the rest of the crew holding down the fort in Philadelphia. Keep reading to see what else we’ve been up to this week… (more…)

New Arizona Landscapes

Took a trip back in early February to Phoenix, Sedona and Joshua Tree. We went specifically to shoot background plates for some of my runners series of personal work, but also made time to shoot some landscapes. I Also had a chance meet up with one of my buddies, Tyler Mullins who is the creator of marchingorder.com – he and I trekked out to Joshua Tree together. I strongly recommend it for anyone who had never been there.

It was a quick trip – down and back in 72 hours, but definitely worthwhile. Here are the first few landscapes from the trip, more coming in the next couple of weeks. As of right now our retouching efforts are focused on the Hawaii trip, but I’m happy to share these shots as they are finished.

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