Blog010: Time & portraits

A picture says a 1000 words

We’ve heard it so often, and we have become so inundated with images we often forget there was someone behind that camera, capturing that look, that moment, that FEELING.

We’re funny creature really, us humans (I endearingly use the term space monkeys on a rock), because we have become such a complex mixture of emotions, politics and world views that we are able to clash on things ranging from world peace, immigration, to why Lois Lane should’ve been sliced into pieces when Superman caught her in Superman. We also have unparalleled ability to love, to cultivate art and songs, share positive emotional activities, and introduce friends to the magic of “this new coffee I just found”.

This translates incredibly well into imagery. The emotions evoked from images can be truly astounding. “Iconic” images come to mind as we talk about photos that evoke emotions, but sometimes it’s the ones closer to home that are more interesting. The ones hiding in your phone or in a shoe box of slides left to you by your father as he “didn’t know what to do with them”.

What makes an image evoke feeling? It’s more than just lighting and angles…

It’s the magic between you the viewer and the photographed.

It’s the story you want to be a part of.

It’s place you never have seen, but hope to.

It’s a person you wish you could’ve saved.

It’s the love you never kissed.

It’s the pet that just knew you.

It’s the life you once knew.

It’s as incredibly intricate as you can imagine.


Jump! In the Nick of time.

By Ash Murrell | January 28, 2022

Voices reduced to a single pin point. All you can hear is your breathing. Why the hell is my breath so ragged. Palms clamming up like you’re at prom. Your gaze feels laggy, your brain refuses to see the openness your foolish mind thought would be a welcoming freedom. Just jump already, a voice echos…

The balance

By Ash Murrell | March 30, 2021

Balance   Short post that will allow me to justify spending a few hours in Cinema 4D making a fun MoGraph idea. A relatively undiscussed facet of the visual media career is the triangle of balance. This concept, helps me with budgeting, and also allows me to be pragmatic in terms of bidding. This ones…

Dustin you’re a D#*&!

By Ash Murrell | March 29, 2021

The setup Let me preface that gloriously click-baity title with this: somehow during the lockdown of early 2021, a perfect storm of learning and creativity hit. You see, I’ve played around with CGI work in the past, a brief interlude into the world of Blender. I made a donut, built a whisky glass and then…