“Flights of fantasy" for Max, by John Borys


“Flights of fantasy" for Max, by John Borys

Photo Glazing

Digital glazing. A new photography?


Anyone who has seen a Maxfield Parrish illustration, is immediately struck by the truly amazing phthaloyl green blues he created with subtitle glazes in his oil painted illustrations. Glazing is a painting technique of applying thin layers of various colors that collectively create another color. The light bounces through all the layers of paint colors that is combined with a medium such as linseed oil and turpentine that gives the color a glossy sheen. The saturation and depth of color using a glazing technique is like no other. In the digital age of photography that we are currently in — the “glazing technique” (the layers of different color) come from “applying different film simulations” to an image. Kodak Ektachrome 100VS, SX-70 film, Fuji Velvia 50 and other films that were used in the days of film are each a single glazing layer. The nuances of how the different films are positioned and applied (with varying densities, and selective placement) are like painting. With Exposure X4, a wonderful software editing tool for photographers you can really get creative and “literally paint film layers” over an image. Digital photography combined with traditional painterly techniques. Exposure X4 from Alien Skin is the “brush.” Maxfield Parrish (1870-1966) was an American painter and illustrator who effectively shaped the Golden Age of Illustration and the future of American visual art in general. His subjects were androgynous nudes in fantasy settings. His pallet of color was markedly distinctive, and instantly recognizable to anyone who has seen his work. Norman Rockwell greatly admired his work and has stated that while in art school Parrish was “one of my gods.” For more on Maxfield Parrish:

For more on John Borys and his work and The John Borys School of Photography can be found here.

Cascades, Maxfield Parrish 1959




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