Photo Montages

I began to play with Photoshop in 2004 while editing some images of my husband, Michael Hermesh’s sculpture. Often i would also take photographs for him of models in various positions for his sculpture. In that collection of photographs were photos of that i took of Michael wearing a military issue gas mask that he had found in an old residence in Vancouver many years ago. He wore the mask and had me take photos he could use while working on his sculpture, “The Rapture (Frank Gets Raptured),” now available as a bronze. Eventually, I played with those photographs, and they became the “Sirens” series of montages. I was hooked! Since then, I have gone on to do many montages for various shows I have participated in.

This was my second series of photomontages. I used photographs of some of the models we used for Michael’s work and incorporated them into my photographs of the irises in our neighbors’ gardens and the Summerland Ornamental Gardens. This series has developed into a collection of colorful montages using nude and clothed models as centerpieces. Their etheric quality comes from photographs of clouds and sky rotated upside down to give a slightly surreal effect.