EVENING GLOW ALONG TAMIAMI TRAIL | Niki ButcherBig Cypress National Preserve © 2006
Photographic Story Fakahatchee Strand but mostly somewhere in my mind… I have always had fun playing with photography. However, I feel that “true” photography is the act of capturing a moment in time. This is NOT one of those images. This is the kind of photography that doesn’t yet have a name…is it graphic art, or photo-graphic art, or…? What is a piece of photography called when it is NOT a moment in time and when it is fictional? If you can think of a name or if it already has a name, let me know. Anyway, this is a combination of three different images and then hand-painted. It was fun to play around with the photograph to create a fictional scene. The Art of Hand Painting Black and White Photographs Photographed with a Sony digital camera and instead of oil painting with Q-tips and cotton balls, Niki was able to paint using Photoshop. Changing from the old-fashioned way of doing her art, to the new ‘fashion’ of using technology was challenging, but she’s enjoying getting back to her own personal expression. Archival Print Making Niki’s open edition gicleé artwork is printed on Sunset Bright Velvet Rag matte finish paper using eight archival inks. A state-of-the-art Epson Stylus Pro printer creates deep, rich dark values that hold subtle detail in the shadows as well as bright vivid colors that are truly tropical.