Student of the Month: Patti Sloan

Patti is our student of the month for October, 2016. Her studio work explores characters through Dia de los Muertos inspired imagery. Don't miss Patti Sloan's new series in our gallery this month.

We had an interview by Creative Photo Academy's Ryan Chambers with Patti Sloan to hear about his work and what inspires him:

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If you could sum up this work in one word what would it be?
Ongoing

Which photograph has meant the most to you?
All of them - I can't pick one

Where have you found inspiration photographically?
Many places - my classmates, my instructors, and fellow photographers.

Who do you feel like you were making this work for?
Definitely me.

Was there anything about yourself or something else that you discovered making these pictures?
I'm not half bad at makeup application. I did all the makeup for these images as well as the costuming.

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Was there a class, instructor, pro talk or trip that really helped you connect with photography?
The style of these images were shot with techniques from Dave Bever's Studio Lighting Workshop. I volunteer to assist with that class to keep these techniques fresh in my mind.

What thread do you feel ties these pictures together besides you taking them?
They were all shot with Dia de los Muertos style makeup.

What is your advice to someone starting in photography?
Don't just buy any camera and try to start with difficult concepts. It's really helpful to understand the basics and the capabilities of your camera. Photo Boot Camp was still the best thing I ever did.

Do you have any projects you're planning to do next?
If time permits, I hope to compose an image by using other small images in a collage.

What's your favorite color?
I have two - red and black but I'm sure that's not a surprise to many that know me.

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See her work at our main gallery through the month of October, 2016.

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