Featured Artist Dianne Poinski

Artist Dianne Poinski presents a fascinating collection of layered digital photographs featuring botanical elements. Find more of her work on her website.

 

digital botanical photograph of leaves by Dianne Poinski

“Botanical Memories 2” photography, various sizes

 

I never set out to become an artist. My brother was the “artist.” I was a bookworm and good at math. It was those skills that lead me down the path of becoming an accountant.

 

botanical digital photograph of golden leaves by Dianne Poinski

“Golden Radiance 1” photography, various sizes

 

While going to school to get my business degree, a friend asked if I wanted to take a black and white photography class with her. Saying yes forever changed my life.

 

digital photography of leaves by Dianne Poinski

“Contemplation 1” photography, various sizes

 

After taking all the photography courses I could, it was clear I would not get that business degree. And I have no regrets!

 

botanical digital photograph of green leaves by Dianne Poinski

“Contemplation 2” photography, various sizes

 

Another friend introduced me to hand-coloring black and white photographs, and everything changed again! For many years all of my images were hand-colored.

 

botanical digital photograph of brown leaves by Dianne Poinski

“Recollections 1” photography, various sizes

 

I was a little late to the digital photography world. I fought it until I had no choice. Film and paper were becoming increasingly more challenging to get, and many companies discontinued their film products entirely. I waved the white flag and bought my first digital DSLR.

 

botanical digital photograph of bamboo leaves by Dianne Poinski

“Bamboo Chorus 2” photography, various sizes

 

Once I got used to it and developed some skills in Photoshop, I discovered a renewed sense of passion and excitement for photography. I found it easier to translate emotions and feelings into my imagery. I could create a scene that looked like what I was “feeling” instead of merely documenting what was in front of me. Hand-coloring had helped me achieve some of that when I was shooting film, but now I felt like the possibilities were endless!

 

botanical digital photograph of leaves by Dianne Poinski

“Improvisation 3” photography, various sizes

 

My latest collection of images featuring leaves and other botanical elements came out of a desire to challenge myself. I started to experiment with layering multiple photographs to create one image.

 

botanical photograph of gold leaves by Dianne Poinski

“Scattered 2” photography, various sizes

 

Working this way feels like a dance, and I imagine painters think this way when they paint. I can add a little here, take a little away from there, and so on, moving elements until I get the desired composition.

 

botanical photograph of bamboo leaves by Dianne Poinski

“Harmonic 1” photography, various sizes

 

All sense of time disappears during these sessions. I start playing around and discovering new ways to add depth, texture or color. Before I know it, the clock (and my sore neck), tell me it’s time to take a break.

 

botanical digital photograph of leaves by Dianne Poinski

“Pirouette 3” photography, various sizes

 

In many ways, I have come full circle. While the techniques and tools are different, the feelings of wonder, curiosity and delight are the same feelings I had when I first started going into the darkroom. Also, as a self-employed artist for over twenty years, those business courses I took in college have proved to be invaluable!

 

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Comments

  1. I haven’t experimented much with Photoshop. You seem to have fun imagining different color and layers.

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