Tuesday, March 31, 2009

Tuesday Artist Spotlight - Urban Junkies Photography

I've said it before in these spotlight posts, but I'm going to say it again. I love travel photography. And I really love well executed travel photography.

This week's spotlight is on Michelle from Urban Junkies photography.

Michelle takes some really incredible pictures. One thing I admire about talented photographers is their ability to make a really great image out of an ordinary situation.

Take for example my favorite image of hers. This was taken in downtown LA and it's of a passing bus. A passing bus wouldn't normally catch my eye, but Michelle's image is striking.

Urban Junkies

The scene itself with the movement of the bus and the vacant sidewalk combined with the perfect composition and dramatic colors make a great visual impact. My eye first picks up the the following cars, then the bold red color pulls me through the scene along with the bus. Movement can be hard to capture in an image, but Michelle nails it.

Another from her downtown LA series is available on her Etsy store. Take a look at WHOOSH!


Here are two more shots from her California travel photography that show off Michelle's great range when it comes to different subjects:


Silver Surfer

And here is another shot, this one from NYC, that I admire. The tension in this image is exactly what I've felt before when riding in a cab through Manhattan. You really get the feeling that you are in the scene. This image is untitled, but you can see it on her portfolio site in the New York City gallery:


Michelle is just as talented inside with portraits as she is outside with her travel photography. A very beautiful study of light and shadows can be seen in her Etsy store. The image is titled "Transmutation" and you can read about her inspiration for the image in a post on her blog.


Visit Michelle's portfolio site and her Etsy store to seem more of her incredible work. The examples in this post only scratch the surface when it comes to the number of incredible images Michelle has made.

You can also find find Michelle on her blog - make sure you pop by and leave her a comment!

Michelle's links
Esty Store: http://zuppaartista.etsy.com
Portfolio: http://www.urbanjunkiesphotography.com
Blog: http://urbanjunkiesartistlounge.blogspot.com


Celtic Cat said...

Lovely article spotlight and photo to go with it.

UrbanJunkies/zuppaartista said...

oh matt! thank you SO much for the feature! and for the kind words! i am so incredibly honored to be on your blog! you rock! :D
michelle :)

Jennifer Aitchison said...

Very nice feature on Michelle! I have read so many of her interviews that she wrote, it is nice to read one about her.

P.S. Matt, the holga shots are really cool!

Julie Magers Soulen said...

Wonderful feature on Michelle. Matt you have done a fantastic job of presenting her dynamic work!

Beholden-To-Nature (Kenna) said...

Couldn't have said it better myself... no, really, I mean I couldn't have. :) Your descriptions of her photography were vivid, clear, and wonderfully observant-- helped me see things in her photos I've not seen before.

You couldn't have featured a more talented, deserving, and kind-hearted artist. Well done, as usual, Matt!

sleeping poet said...

Great blog and kudos for featuring Michelle. She's a "Twitter" friend of mine and I think she's fantastic!