C&T Publications 50 States of Art - 2015 - Page 98

Dale Mitchell - Colorado aGeekonaBike Photography™ is the brain child of Dale Mitchell. Dale is an avid bike tourer, professionally trained photographer and artist, who wanders around the world on a decade+ old Trek 540. Always carrying a camera on his bike, Dale is never afraid to ride off the beaten path or become temporarily lost to get that once in a life time photo. Dale has received both formal and informal training in urban photography, sculpture, painting, drawing, glass blowing and technical illustrations from such artists as Dave Davis, Paul Pletka, Michael Atkinson and Burgess Roye. Dale make wide use of his ability to re-imagine his photography skills into beautiful works of digital art. Dale is known for his"sucker pieces". Each art piece originated as a photo, some from around the world. Dale then used his painting training to digitally “repaint” the photos in Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator. Once printed they are nearly indistinguishable from original pieces of traditional artworks. Web Sites: http://www.ageekonabike.com https://www.zazzle.com/ageekonabike http://ageekonabike.imagekind.com Here is my piece. It is called Dry Docked in Mallaig. Dry Docked in Mallaig is a photo manipulated digital illustration of a Scottish fishing boat in a dry dock. The original photograph was taken on a rainy May afternoon in Mallaig, Scotland. Quick Facts: Mallaig, located in Inverness-sire in the Western Highlands, was founded in the 1840's by Lord Lovat to encourage his tenants to take up fishing to earn a living. At one time it was the busiest herring port in Europe, and the town became noteworthy for its smoked kippers. Fans of the Harry Potter movies might be interested to know that the Mallaig railway was used during filming. The Hogwarts Express, a Jacobite steam train, makes regular runs through the summer months from Fort William to Mallaig, following the famous Road to the Isles route. The name Mallaig most likely means “shingly bay,” and is a combination of the Gaelic “Mal” and the Norse “vik.” It takes its name from the farmstead that originally occupied the area before it became a town, which was called Mallaigvaig. 93