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Photo Collection 2010 Q2 by fox-orian Photo Collection 2010 Q2 by fox-orian
I still take my camera everywhere I go, every day. Even when I go to work. As I walk around, either by where I live or a little ways down town, I'll take photos of anything, even if it's nothing particularly interesting.

For those that don't know, photography for me is a major inspiration source for scenery. I feel lucky that I live where I do, because it has a lot of interesting things to me to snap photos of. While 99.9% of the photos I take are never used for any of my artwork, [because they end up not being of any use to me,] they still help me retain particular bits of information about certain types of scenery and environments. You could say that my photography serves as a study guide.

The photos here are a small selection of the [nearly 5000] random things I catch when I walk around town and where I live. I don't consider any of this stuff having artistic value, because I never intended to be a photographer for those purposes. What these do represent are how my mind works. What I see and how I want to see it.

What you don't see here is what my mind usually does to these scenes -- an interaction taking place, or something happening. There are hundreds that I want to do, to turn transform into artworks, but I'm short on time for these personal artworks of this type.

Some of you may recognize the artwork on the right near the bottom as one I transformed last year. To this day it remains the only photo I've transformed into an artwork, and it makes me a little sad because of just how many I still want to do. So for now I'm taking photos on the basis of location reference for Synthesis.

Oh and that said, feel free to find inspiration in these for your own work. I only took the photos of things that already exist that anyone can see, so I'm not claiming any extensive copyrights here.

Canon PowerShot G9, PowerShot G11, EOS 40D with EF-S 10-20mm

For those interested, the corresponding camera took the corresponding photos:

G11, 40D
G11, G11
G9, G9
G11, G11
40D, 40D
G11, G11
G11, G11
G11, G11
G11, G9

btw, first photo at the top is totally referencing this: [link]
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RachelFrasier Featured By Owner Dec 7, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
There are days I wish i didn't live in the middle of an empty desert just so I could take reference pictures for my art >.>
123satsuke Featured By Owner Nov 28, 2012
Whoa!! You are such an amazing photographer!! I can't decide which is the best. I want to try drawing all of them!
Zadriela Featured By Owner Sep 9, 2012  Student Filmographer
thanks for this :)
rabbitmaskedman Featured By Owner May 6, 2012  Student Digital Artist
thank you, dude. this was very helpful to me.
rakuen004 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thank you for your reference posts. I dread drawing backgrounds, but after looking through your work, then these reference pages, you've made me want to try harder.
ageshero Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2011
Looking at these wonderful pictures and so many of your great works, and the reason why your one of my favorite artists if not my favorite in the realm of Architecture and perspective, is when i look at one, i feel as if im sucked into it, like each picture is a little world all in itself.
Chaz-Osgiliath Featured By Owner Nov 4, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
this collection is pretty awesome, as is the second one (:
Kouri-n Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You're a great photographer as well!!!
rjbman Featured By Owner Jun 16, 2011
These are amazing!
christasyd Featured By Owner Apr 30, 2011  Student Digital Artist
That Haymarket is like what you'll find most in street foodcourts in my country (Indonesia, lol) or maybe other countries in South East Asia. I never knew there would be such a place in Boston @_@
Faiya-chan Featured By Owner Apr 25, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
You have such a nice camera. I never remembered Haymarket to look so nice! Actually, it took me awhile to realize it was Boston... I live there, too! I am disappointed in myself. :shakefish: That aside, these references really show where you get your inspiration from. :P
komiru Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
You know I just commented (sorry for commenting again) and then I notice the comments below about Mirror Edge lol.
komiru Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2011
Wow, you should put more of these up, not all 5000 of course but still lol.

I think I would love it in this city :XD: Totaly reminds me of Mirrors Edge lol
Linkman42807 Featured By Owner Sep 1, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
It's surprising to see pictures of Boston and compare them to your artwork. I never would've guessed that Boston is such a colorful and architecturally diverse city. It would definitely be a nicer place to live compared to Ohio...
delightfulanimefreak Featured By Owner Aug 17, 2010  Student Digital Artist
just so you know I'll be spamming you with collections because I really need to practice scenery lol your gallery is great to use for references and inspiration. love the art. keep up the great work :D
aimee5 Featured By Owner Aug 11, 2010
These are wonderful
marmalade-jam Featured By Owner Jul 13, 2010  Student General Artist
Wow I know all of these places. My fav is in the 3rd row, Im guessing you took this from either the docks in front of the childrens museum or on the bridge. That glass building is in alot of my photos because of the way it reflects the sky it certain times of the day.
LilWicca Featured By Owner Jul 12, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
these could be used so well nice uhm...scenery forgot the word a sec heh ^^ anyway love the shots
LinkOni Featured By Owner Jul 1, 2010
Thanks for posting this, I live in Boston/Miami and you've inspired me to keep an observant eye :) specially in the architectural values of urban scapes. AMAZING collection, thanks for sharing it with us!
dana-redde Featured By Owner Jun 28, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
omggg colooorrrsss. I LOVE the two shots of the T tracks in the middle, I would totally use those as backgrounds on my computer.
fuegokid Featured By Owner Jun 27, 2010   Filmographer
*loves the ref, swallow whole and stuffs into Tutorial folder* <3
ashwara Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010   Filmographer
This is awesome bro!
Wolfy-T Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
This is a wonderful collection! All of those photos look like they're just waiting to be filled with characters and scenes!
Ninja-Artist-Zero Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Its so beautifl.
Maddiwhoskis Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
So colorful :3
Recca-sama Featured By Owner Jun 25, 2010
Great shots. I love our city!
pseudoado Featured By Owner Jun 24, 2010  Hobbyist Photographer
I didn't realise you lived in the Mirrors Edge City... O_O
WinslowBannister Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
has anyone ever told you that your town looks like Mirror's Edge?
Yoricko Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010   Photographer
The photos taken are much better than people who call themselves "Photographers". Your photos have nice interesting shapes and geometry, well, most of them :boogie:.
LisaGorska Featured By Owner Jun 23, 2010
lol @ the helvetica thing. :}}}

you definitely see the world through architect eyes :) i love it.
Buckwolfe Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Interface Designer
That's quite the collection of the worst fucking photos I've ever seen!!! Do everyone a favor and never take another photo for the rest of your life, you freakishly tall hack. >=(
SilentArtisan207 Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Traditional Artist
Dude! That's awesome how the colors clash with each other like that! It's like Mirrors edge all over again. :3
3dayWeekend Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Even before I read your text I noticed the resemblance to many of your pictures and their backdrops :)
I like your versions more, though.
jakface Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Really awesome photos! Thanks for sharing, it's awesome to see different parts of the world seen through the eyes of a gifted photographer :D
MultiLock Featured By Owner Jun 22, 2010  Hobbyist General Artist
wow I love these images, well I am no like architech, but omfg, I really get what your seeing. I love that angle and bend you take and the narrow perspective alleys and stuff, you can visualise a great scene with that. Amazing stuff, great quality. ^^
iamjacksartist Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Wow... after a year of looking at your work I can see where you get your inspiration!
Azzen Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Boston sure looks like a nice place.
supahhh Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
Wow, this is beautiful! =] Very nice! <3 ^__^
Feidhelm Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
It's wonderful to see how the surrounding areas find an echo in your works. I recognized some of the themes and settings. :nod:
Feidhelm Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
It's wonderful to see how the surrounding areas find an echo in your works. I recognized some of the themes and settings. :nod:
renegadesoldier Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010   General Artist
Even though you say photography isn't your intended hobby/what you want to focus your artistic talent on, these photos still have potential.

I see you have a real eye for detail and reference (one thing comic artists need to focus on, but you already do that :D ).

Your comic is awesome, I love the concept art behind it too :D

It reminds me very much of Mirror's Edge.

Amazing work :) Keep it up!
PoulNyrup Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010
This is a wonderful collage - I can definitely see some influence from your surroundings in parts of your work... :)
Aankai-Rain Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
the air most be really plutted if you have that kind of light
or your a lot northem or souther than i
fox-orian Featured By Owner Jun 21, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Hahah Boston has clean air.

2 things:
1) post color correction. I forced some of these warmer tones myself in Lightroom.
2) That thick haze is smoke from the Quebec Wild Fires. The smoke has been affecting everything in the area for weeks.
These fires caused...
that level of air pollution when the smoke arrived. It was very thick, and made the city smell like a campfire. The rooftop shot of that air conditioning unit was taken on the day the smoke hit. Note how the background quickly fades.

Most of the photos you see above were taken about a week or more after the smoke began to leave, so it looks like a light haze. By now, the smoke is just about complete gone. At sun down, you can still see a discoloration on the horizon.
Tenzy Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010
Wow, those are really beautiful. It's
Cerebrobullet-art Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010   Digital Artist
Wow, thanks a ton for sharing these! I spend lots of time browsing the stock photography on here searching for pictures of city and urban scenes, but these are just perfect for what I'm looking for! I live in the country, so I have no chance to snap pictures of city existence like this. This is a huge help, and just wonderful to look at. I can really see how you draw inspiration from these.
I hope you'll post another collection like this :)
smileychan Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Student General Artist
I need to go to a city and take some pictures. Seeing this, I actually feel a little less bad about being incapable of drawing buildings. Given that I live in the middle of nowhere (tallest building for miles is the grocery store), I don't have cool references all around me like this :)

A camera just officially made my birthday wish-list.
Creative-Theory Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Student General Artist
Crazy cool :D I wish I lived in a cool city ;A;
Jon-Wood Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Canada, right? What's the architectural history of this city?
fox-orian Featured By Owner Jun 20, 2010  Professional Digital Artist
Oh and, if it becomes approved, Boston's next tallest building would be the Trans National Place

I would personally like to see this happen.
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