OUT OF THE BOX - SURREALISM PHOTOGRAPHY | TIFFANY ALONZO

Although I've been behind the lens as a photographer since 2006, I decided to have some fun and do some "out of the box" self portraits. I guess you could call these extreme selfies.  It's kinda funny that I call this style "out of the box" and two of them in box/square format. After all these years, I've recently been trying to "find myself" as a photographer. Figuring out what my personal style is and what kind of photography I enjoy the most.  I don't want to just "take pictures", I want to CREATE.
I ended up going down into my Studio and creating random, non-traditional portraits. If you were to label them, I guess they'd be considered Surrealism. 

Surrealism Photography by Tiffany Alonzo | ©Tiffany Alonzo

Surrealism Photography by Tiffany Alonzo | ©Tiffany Alonzo

Surrealism Photography by Tiffany Alonzo | ©Tiffany Alonzo


I've really enjoyed playing with levitation, illusion and square format. Creating an image that may or may not have a story behind it; leaving it up to the viewer to decide what the concept may be.  I plan on taking more "out of the box" portraits in the near future, whether they feature myself or a model. I also plan on jumping head first into the genre that sparked my interest in photography as a child: black and white.

DOUGLAS KIRKLAND PHOTOGRAPHY WORKSHOP | VANCOUVER PHOTOGRAPHER TIFFANY ALONZO

 Portrait of Douglas Kirkland by Tiffany Alonzo (signed by Kirkland) | ©Tiffany Alonzo

While legendary photographer Douglas Kirkland was in Vancouver this past January, I created the opportunity to photograph him by simply asking. It was that easy. He happily agreed and I took some simple portraits, which was surreal since I've admired his photographic work and work ethic for years.

Douglas Kirkland and Tiffany Alonzo | ©Tiffany Alonzo

Douglas was in town to teach a Master Photographer weekend course at VPW, which I attended. Douglas was extremely humble, approachable, funny, down-to-earth and young at heart. He has so much passion for photography and a massive love for people, which he said is what has kept him motivated after all these years. There were not only lectures given by Douglas, but in-studio photo sessions with local models. Douglas would explain the set up, photograph the model quickly and then allow us to do the same while guiding us. He'd bring so  much energy to his photo sessions and would joyfully let out a "whoo-hoo!" and jump around. He had more energy in him than everyone in the room combined!


Douglas Kirkland Photography Workshop | ©Tiffany Alonzo

You could imagine the surprise and surrealism when I'd realize I had Douglas Kirkland assisting me as I photographed the models. He'd move the lights if you wanted him to. He'd hold a fan up to the model to give the shot some movement. Anything you needed, he was ready to help you out. 


Douglas Kirkland Photography Workshop | ©Tiffany Alonzo

Douglas Kirkland Photography Workshop | ©Tiffany Alonzo

He sat down with me while he went through my portfolio and had this to say: "I love your work, I thought that immediately. I commend you on your technical quality. You have command of this process. I wouldn't be dishonest about something like that. I haven't seen one weak photo yet. They're all very, very well done. I really commend you. Beautiful work."

He inquired about the stories behind some of my photos and it was amazing to have him be so interested in my work. Needless to say, I was on cloud 9. There are no words to truly describe that moment. 
I learned a great deal from Douglas and continue to keep in touch with him and his wife, Francoise. I will be forever grateful for that weekend.


 Tiffany Alonzo and Douglas Kirkland | ©Tiffany Alonzo


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