Photography captivated Alison Titus around 2008 when in middle school. She started spending a lot of time engaging with other photographers on Flickr and after two years of commenting and liking other photographers’ work, she started drawing attention to her own. She explains that you won’t ever get any attention if you don’t engage with other artists.
“The basic idea was that you would take a self-portrait every day for a year.” Alison says that during her 365 Project she forced herself to keep practicing and keep creating even when she didn’t really feel very inspired.
Her editing style
She would shoot a couple of hundred images until she got a few that she liked. For post-production she’d use Photoshop and stick to very simple techniques. such as “using curves to edit colours and the clone tool for retouching.” She doesn’t rely on post-production too heavily and prefers minimal editing.
Alison derives inspiration from everything around her; nature, artists and photographers alike. She admires these established photographers:
She also follows a lot of other up and coming photographers:
- Michael Bailey-Gates
- Elizabeth Gadd
- Olivia Bee
- Elle Hardwick
- Chrissie White
Then and now
As a Visual Arts Major, she extended her interest from photography to short films and animations, with featured “work that was very different from my old self-portrait style.”
She is currently working as an animator and childrens’ book illustrator (that sounds like fun!), “I’ve actually been thinking about starting a new self-portrait series.”
We here at Outdoorphoto are super excited to see what this Visual Arts and Public Policy Major comes up with next and will definitely keep an eye out for her new series of self-portraits.