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When I attended the 4th Digital Photography Student/Faculty show  I came across this photo below, and followed up with Harrington College of Design Digital Photography Instructor, Tim Arroyo, to find out more about his photo and the project. Read below!

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 When I was a teen back in the 80’s, my sister had a collection of porcelain masks hanging on her wall. The masks were full faces, which had painted or airbrushed make-up, feathers, and various adornments. I loved those masks, and they served as part of the inspiration for this project. My initial concept when making this project was to create an entire wall of these masks of various styles and colors of make-up. I have shot four, but have only prepared two.

The most challenging aspect of the project is finding a make-up artist to take the time to work on it, and find one that is willing to do it for free, as the make-up application is a very tedious process. I was fortunate enough to meet Christine James, a recent Harrington Grad at an on-campus event. She introduced herself to me after the session to discuss portfolios, but our discussion soon led to her previous employment as a make-up artist.

We started to work together immediately. Christine brought in one of her friends to model for the shoot. Another Harrington student Felicia Brockunier. Felicia was perfect for the job, she is a very beautiful young lady, and that beauty shows through in the final products.

 In January I submitted one of the two photos into the “Fresh Faces” annual contest sponsored by Rangefinder Magazine. The photo was selected as one of the top 20 finalists, but then the ultimate decision was passed on to the general public to vote for the winner. Sad to say that it didn’t win, however, in a regular juried contest, I’m sure it would have done extremely well.

The photo is on my Arroyo Photography & Imaging Facebook page, and soon on my website; timarroyo.com.

About Tim Arroyo
Tim Arroyo graduated from Columbia College in 1998, earning a Bachelor of Arts degree in Graphic Design. He also received an Associates of Applied Science degree in Graphic Arts from Robert Morris College in 1994. Tim worked professionally for four years as the in-house Senior Designer for Harris Bank in the Desktop Design Services department. He left the world of corporate graphics to begin teaching full-time for the International Academy of Design and Technology Chicago in the Visual Communications department. He specialized in digital imaging and illustration during his tenure at IADT.

 A lifetime resident of Chicago, Tim brings over 5 years of teaching experience to his current position teaching digital imaging, commercial photo-retouching and illustration and is a long-standing member of the National Association of Photoshop Professionals, the Professional Digital Imaging Association, and serves as the faculty advisor for Harrington’s chapter of the Student Photographic Society.

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