For the Arts: On My Own Time

The leadership of Imaginuity has always been involved in the arts locally. Continuing in that spirit, Imaginuity is participating in Business Council for the Arts “On My Own Time” competition for the fifth consecutive year.

At the event, area businesses have their employees submit works of art done in their time away from work. Most people have some hobbies on the side and this is a great way for them to demonstrate their artistic abilities to others.

The participants must be amateurs in the categories in which they enter. There are several types of media categories such as sculpture, photography, painting, digital art, and literature. Smaller groups compete at first with a judge selecting winners. The winners’ works then move to a regional exhibit in NorthPark Center.

Personally, I like to dabble in photography. I have had a decent camera for about 6 years and it has been a fun distraction when I’m getting a little fed up with programming. It’s a completely different discipline that has a low barrier of entry but takes a great deal of knowledge and talent to master. I am not a master.
I’ve photographed many different types of subject matter using a variety of techniques.

But when On My Own Time comes around it’s time to pull out all the stops. Time to put all the knowledge to the test. A couple years ago I won On My Own Time Peoples Choice award with a pretty wild photo. It was meant to look like something computer generated and I succeeded in that regard. Many people were surprised it was an unedited photo and wanted to know the techniques used.

This year, I decided to do some portraits of my 4 ½ year old daughter with a technique I’ve seen before – pitch black background with a hard light on one side. I thought it would be difficult to pull off outside of a studio with fancy equipment. We went into our closet, I draped black blankets all around the walls, and used a super bright desk lamp that’s usually just sitting in the garage. The results exceeded my expectations. It was exactly what I was going for. Is it award-worthy? I’ll have to wait and see what the judges decide. But it got me to branch out and try some new things and, at the very least, it will make for a great piece of art for our home when all is said and done.

Join Nathan Vaughn as he Periscopes the event live on Twitter on August 12, 2015 starting at 4:00PM CST. Follow us on Twitter (@imaginuity) and if you’ve got Periscope installed, watch it live.

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