Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Ascension Fetish Ball - Mike Maez

A multimedia piece recapping the first three Ascension Fetish Balls held in Colorado Springs, CO at the Underground Pub.

Editorial Shots - Mike Maez

Just a few editorial shots from Ad Campaign Class

Last Day of Class - Mike Maez

I recently found out that today will be my last day of class at the Art Institute of Colorado.  My financial aid has come to an end so get to leave school 15 classes short of my degree.  It is a sign of the times when a working adult who has pumped money into the system since the age of 14 does not qualify for more aid during a time of true need.  

However, I do believe we create our own reality and I really don't need the degree.  I just set getting my BA as personal goal.  I already have two degrees why do I really need a third.  However it will remain a goal which I will still achieve at some point in the not too distant future.  It just may be at a different school.  I also really needed a break because I'm was getting burnt out on the work I was doing.  So I will use this time to shoot for fun again and really enjoy the type of photography I like to do.

So as a farewell to AIC, I am posting the three images from my Studio class.  A class which I "failed" because work sent me out of town for a training during the last two weeks of the quarter.  The three assignments which were completed and turned in by week 9 are Opposites, Re-creating a Painting, & Cliche.  Chao, AIC.

Original Painting
Reworked Image of  Painting
Cliche - Joe Six Pack

Tuesday, September 14, 2010

Star Wars Figures - Mike Maez

More themes for Tweety Got Back.  This series was an experiment and an homage to David Levinthal that I shot a few years ago.   Mr. Levinthal used images that spoke to his childhood and generation, so I choose items that spoke to a modern generation, they are 1-2 inch Star Wars the Series figurines.  I set them up in a metal storage box and lite them solely with glow sticks which I also included in the shot and they add an interesting neon effect.

Action Figure Studies - Mike Maez

These backgrounds were designed specifically for Tweety Got Back from an early series I shot.  The Action Figure Study Series, came about because I had a model not show up for a photo assignment that was due the next day.  Not having time to reschedule or recast, I ran down to Wal-Mart and bought some WWE action figures that acted as stand-ins for my model.  The first shoot turned out so well and became such a hit that I continued to shoot them for several shoots.

I think it might be time to dig them out and have another go at it.  What do you think?

(You can see the original series "OTDL" in my previous blog)

Monday, September 6, 2010

Solo Show at the Compound

Here are a few of the images that you can see in my first solo show at the Compound.  It features 30 pieces of photography and mixed media work.  Stop by, check it out and post a comment.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

New Classic - Mike Maez

This image reminds me of classic images I have seen of leather men in the 70's. It was taken with my smart phone using the fxcamera app as a "digital polaroid".