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Lisa Howarth – Digital Manipulation 2012

Lisa Howarth

a photo of a cat with a top hat by lisa howarth

How long have you been photographing?

I studied traditional darkroom photography back in high school (early 90′s) and fell in love with the creative process of it all.  However, after graduating I quickly became sucked into the 9-5 rat race and my creative thinking was buried.  It wasn’t till almost 15 years later after moving to Montreal (from Vancouver) that my creative spirit surfaced again.  Moving to a city where I knew almost nobody, no job, not speaking the language and adapting to a different culture challenged me greatly.  There hasn’t been a lot of gentrification in Montreal (compared to the rest of Canada), and this was refreshing for me.  I think being stimulated by all the change, it inspired me to think creativity again and to rediscover my love for capturing images.

What inspired you to get into photography?

For as long as I can remember I’ve been energized my photography, especially Victorian/Edwardian works.  Remember the old Time Life Photography series from the 70′s?   These were also a huge inspiration for me growing up. They’re still great!  One of my favourite photos ever taken is Edward Steichen’s ‘The Flatiron’.

Describe your photography in three words.

Lonely, Atmospheric, Dreamscape

What is your favorite lens?

I love shooting with Canon’s 17-40mm f/4L.  Wide angel lens are always fun to play with.  Also, I’m dying to try out the Lensbaby collection!

What is your favorite camera?

Dream camera?  Mamiya 7ii.   Also, I love the effect that pinhole photography gives, so alluring and mysterious!

Where do you get your inspiration from?

Film Noir styling.  Bladerunner, Heavy Rain (video game), post apocalyptic landscapes.  I realize it’s all so depressing, however I see much beauty and romanticism behind it.

Could you describe the process or idea behind your favourite picture that
was in one of our shows? (above)

Captain Grey is one of my favourites, and certainly my most popular print.
“Sir Captain Grey, managed a fleet of Northern fishing vessels from 1891-1905..”
When I create a story behind the animal face, I tend to work from there.  Many hours in Photoshop, using textures, various images, and different layer blending modes.

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