photography, Western Michigan University

Ryan West



Ryan West
ART 3470: Digital Photography I
Digital Prints; 11″ x 14″

These two photos are inspired by the book “Bridge to Terabithia” by Katherine Paterson. The photos are intended to take your eyes on an imaginary adventure by splitting the image in half. One side of the photo is reality and the other side fantasy.

11 thoughts on “Ryan West”

  1. I really like what you’ve done here! It’s like i’m being transferred into some other dimension. I think you did a great job at contrasting how an adult may see things coma pared to how a child my picture something. I’d love to see more of your work, keep it up!

  2. I like both of your images. Within the idea behind they are very interesting and I like how you used high saturation to represent the fantasy world. I think the top image is stronger because it is more symmetrical visually and it involves a person seating there so it contains more narratives inside.

  3. I really love this idea of splitting the images into reality and fantasy. I think you are more successful in your bottom photo with the “real” side being colored as well. It helps transition the two sides with more fluidity, in my opinion. Both are wonderful I hope to see more of these.

  4. I think you have a good start with your concept, the images are very fun and the vibrant colors aren’t too distracting. I do think the drawn in figure on the top looks very odd in its positioning. You might want to consider having a model in the frame you can then paint over.

  5. I think this is a really interesting and playful idea. I really like the use of saturation and playing up the colors on the other side of the picture. The boy in the top photo is somewhat distracting to me for some reason, but it fits into the picture pretty well where you placed it. I think you did a good job splitting up the image and taking people’s eyes on an imaginary adventure. Overall I think you did a good job editing and composing the photographs.

  6. The way you blended the two halves is astounded. I immediately read it the way you intended and I wasn’t caught up on it looking too photo montage-y. This concept is truly interesting and would like to see it move to other children’s books!

  7. While I really enjoy the concept of these images I feel like the execution is rather sloppy. The bottom image has large patches of the sky that are not manipulated. For the top image the patches of random brown ground are distracting and rather confusing. I would say because it’s supposed to be a representation of a fantastical place, making those parts of ground also green as if there is grass, or even colouring it to look like colourful fall leaves would work well for you.
    To improve the execution of these images I would make multiple copies of the same image in the different colours you want to use, then photoshop those pieces together. Then perhaps you would get more even colouring throughout those sections.
    Also perhaps adding more of these drawn in figures like the small person would help add to the aesthetic and have more consistency throughout. Perhaps try adding drawn trees to cover over the actual trees.
    Also it looks to be the same bridge in both images (even if it isn’t in reality) and so it’s rather confusing that it isn’t the same colour in both images.
    Don’t be afraid to mess around in RAW as well as Photoshop to fiddle with all these details.

  8. Bridge to Terabithia was one of my favorite books growing up, and you did such a good job capturing the split realities of the story! I particularly enjoy the top image’s transition from black and white to color, as that was how I always imagined it in my mind while reading the book.

  9. I really like the way that you’ve split the photographs. The colors you picked work really well with them and bringing in ones imagination. I think it is especially effective in the first one because of the black and white in the real image.

  10. I think the way you divide the image into two parts is really interesting. One side is more artificial while the other side is more real. I think you can put more drawing at the digital part. I also feel like you can continue this project not just split it up but put two different parts together in more organic way.

  11. I really love these images. I like what they are based off of but I also just enjoy looking at these images. I like that the color parts of the images are not their true colors it gives it such a cartoon feeling that is just so fun. I love these.

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