Behind the Scenes: Golden Boy

Man, oh man, hello everyone!

As some of you may already know, I decided to quit my retail jobs in pursuit of my photography career! It feels so freeing to be able to put my full efforts into what I want to do instead of chasing after bunny trails (or is that how the saying goes? Beats me, HAHA). Safe to say, you’ll be seeing a lot more of me across the land of socials.

Naturally, being back in the game, I had to take some new self portraits the I’ve been planning down for a while now. I grabbed my golden body tape, compliments of The Black Tape Project, and camera and went to town. After a millennia of cutting little golden glass shards for my face and neck, I started to put the pieces onto me.

After a few minutes, some glue to hold down the pieces on my head, and pieces of tape to hold near my neck, I was ready to shoot! This is where I love shooting self portraits: shooting. I always have to have music on, depending on how I want the shoot to go. As for this shoot, I had “Power is Power” by SZA for the Game of Thrones album, Sabrina Claudio, Solange, and Rihanna… let’s just say it was a more moody shoot.

I knew for the image, I wanted to be completely covered in these glass shards, so I knew Photoshop would be the place to go and get that done.

In addition to selecting certain shards on my face and just placing them elsewhere, I took some photos of the tape pieces in the sun, for a little touch of light to my portrait.

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On a real note, I’ll try to post some speed edit videos that I can post. I forget so many times that I can record my screen and by the time I remember, I’m already halfway done with a photo. I do have before and afters though, so here’s that!

When I posted it to my instagram, Anousha (@anousha.irfan) caught a look at Golden Boy and wrote a lovely bit of words to it:

At first they broke me into pieces when I loved them,

Then they fell in love with the mess I became…

They created a beautiful collage of my shattered hopes and dreams,

And expected me to be the man I used to be once again.

I always love it when others get inspired to write, draw, and create from my artwork. Interpretations of art are beautiful things and I love to hear them whenever I can.

As I mentioned earlier, this is just the beginning for me to start exploring the world of blogging, diving back into my art, and just having some fun! Let me know if there are any tutorials that you might like to see and I can work on videos and such!

Cheers! Until next time!

xo

Golden Boy, a self portrait

Golden Boy, a self portrait

Me

To all who are reading: WELCOME!

I thought I should introduce myself to you guys, since a lot of the time, I don't really mention much about my life.

My name is Christopher Rivera (please, call me Chris) and I live in Hillsboro, Oregon just a short half hour away from Portland! While I do freelance my photography services, I do also work as a shift supervisor at Starbucks! 

While I'm not working, I love to spend time with my awesome and supportive family and friends, do outdoor activities (hike, bike, swim, etc.), keep up with fashion trends, clean (yeah, call me weird all you want), watch movies and listen to good music! I'm a big fan of science fiction/psychological thrillers and most types of music! Movies and music serve as a main inspiration, in any way, for my photography and videos that I post. 

 

I'll be hoping to post some behind the scenes work and other fun things on this blog, we'll see how it goes! :)