|Self Portrait Retouch 2012|
I've been into photo retouching for about 10 years now. Starting off as a complete amateur, and over time working to pursue it as my life's ambition. To me, it’s like being a painter or makeup artist; and before Photoshop came into my life I actually wanted to become a makeup artist. So, in a way I’m doing what I originally set out to do, just in digital form.
The thing I love about retouching is the same thing I love about makeup artistry, and that’s the ability to transform someone or something into anything I want. I can work with a great quality photo and turn it into a masterpiece. I can do subtle techniques to make an image more visually appealing. I can add clouds to a cloudless day or change someone’s hair color. I can turn a pink shirt into a black shirt. The possibilities are endless.
|Before & After 2017 • Photo by William Clark|
|Photography: Debbi Rotkowitz & April Alexander|
We live in more of a visually stimulating time than ever and retouching has become a vital part of what we see everywhere. Years ago, retouching was mainly an industry skill and now it's crossed over into the mainstream world. I feel like a tiny sea creature in a giant ocean of retouchers all trying to find work. I may not have “made it” yet, but I'm taking the steps and so far, I have gotten somewhere with it. Better to be somewhere than nowhere. I have to remind myself of these things. I have to just keep on going, keep on learning, keep on getting better and better until the work pays off. And that's where I am at the moment. :)
Keepin' the faith xoxo