Using a camera as a painting tool, award winning photographer and Peninsula College Multimedia Professor, Marina Shipova, takes viewers on a photographic exploration, painting new uncharted worlds, and unearthing untold stories.
Her talent for making the most of Photoshop’s limitless possibilities landed her on the cover of Photoshop User magazine with a “Who’s Who” feature inside. It also won her Best of Show for her image "Message in a Bottle," and Photoshop World Guru award for "The Lady of the Lake," at the Photoshop World Conference in Las Vegas in August 2019. The Guru Awards were created to honor and recognize design, photography, retouching, and creativity skills.
"Since their humble beginnings in 1999, the Guru Awards have now become the most prestigious and coveted awards in the international digital imaging industry," according to the Photoshop World Conference website.
“My work originates from classic portrait painting tradition,” Shipova said. “Such style has been a signature of my art for some years.”
Born and raised in Russia, Shipova said she was from a generation of artists who emerged through the influences of Marc Chagall and Ilya Glazunov. Her passion for art and illustration grew from her childhood interest in visual stories, and an “over active imagination”.
“I am a classically trained artist, but I see myself more as an explorer, especially when it comes to different medias, techniques, styles, themes, and artistic pathways,” Shipova said. “Digital Photography is a relatively new and exciting territory for me where I still stumble through winding trails, always excited about each new discovery.”
Shipova describes the digital canvas is infinitely flexible, a conduit for limitless possibilities, upended in multiple dimensions and unified by apps and technologies.
“Digital Photography transforms the perception of image creation and pushes the boundaries of reality to new and infinite heights,” she said. Image editing applications provide the tools an artist can only dream about, breaking down the walls between imaginary and reality. That new digital reality is my canvas, allowing me to create my very own visual and conceptual world emerging through the intersection between painting, photography and computer graphics.”
When photography was invented in the 1800s, Shipova said photographers used the medium as an artist would a canvas, but through the years, photography took on its own direction, punctuated by a billion "snapshots," and other poorly executed compositions.
“As knowledge and experience seems to have become inversely proportional to originality and creativity, I have endeavored to develop an alternative creative vehicle based upon my understanding of classic painting,” she said. “Digital photography is an avenue of self-expression for me. I form images to identify with hidden qualities within myself, to communicate with reality, and to translate the interpretation of the world around me into visual linguistics.”
Shipova has also been tapped to lead a Scott Kelby Worldwide Photo Walk in Port Angeles on October 5, from 5:00- 7:00 pm. The walk will begin at Port Angeles City Pier tower and end at The Crab House Restaurant.
Photo Walks are created by Walk Leaders in cities all over the world. Walkers meet up at a pre-designated location to spend a few hours socializing, capturing images, and sharing with like-minded people. At the end of the Photo Walk, most groups convene at local restaurants or taverns to share their images and experiences over food.
Photo walkers will be able to upload their favorite picture to a Photo Walk contest for a chance to win prizes. A Grand Prize winner and 10 finalists to be selected by Scott Kelby.
The event is free, but pre-registration is required. Register at worldwidephotowalk.com.
For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org. Click here to view the magazine article in PDF format.