Today, you get to learn about my talented husband, Jason aka Blackstone:
Jason has always been creative...art was one of his favorite subjects in school, he was (is) obsessed with making things with LEGO bricks, has had a camera in his hands since he was 7, and was hooked on computers from the first time he touched a keyboard. Fast forward 40 years or so and Jason works full-time as a photographer for a world-famous museum where he also fills in as a part-time graphic designer.
|photo by Petrina aka bella|Jason graduated with a B.A. in Professional Photography from Brooks Institute of Photography in Santa Barbara, California, specializing in Industrial & Scientific Photography. (Why Industrial & Scientific? "Because they got to play with the coolest toys!") Jason "specializes" in studio photography...products, artwork, or most anything that can fit in a studio or on a tabletop.
Jason has been combining his love of art, photography and computers for over 25 years...creating original art on a computer and very soon after, finding ways to import photographs into the computer to manipulate. He is an expert at Photoshop...whether it is retouching a portrait (he can give you a virtual "facelift" a plastic surgeon could only dream about), repairing a treasured photo that has become damaged, adding special effects, or creating believable photo-montages of anything you can (or can't) imagine. Of course Jason also does all that "other" photography, too...special events, portraits, editorial, even sports on occasion.
Fine art photography is where Jason can really just be Jason. Here is where he can truly be free of the constraints that come with the other "types" of photography. A lot of his fine art photos tend toward the abstract..."...probably because most of what I shoot on a day-to-day basis is (understandably) required to be so precise, clear, and obvious, I like to move beyond that and find the things that go unseen, are hidden within the obvious, or turn the simple into a mystery."
As for his graphic design work, Jason says this: "I never considered myself a graphic designer, it isn't what I went to school for. I took a few design courses (they were required, and I learned a lot in them), but really I was focused (no pun intended) on photography. I'm not really sure how I got roped in to doing graphic design at work (probably something to do w/ budget). Anyway, I guess those design classes paid off and I seem to have a pretty good eye for designing posters, brochures, giant fake checks, postcards, bookmarks and the like. I'm also pretty quick on the turnaround...I think that makes me popular, too."
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