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RACHEL OWEN
Photographer & Digital Artist

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Biography

Rachel Owen is a photographer living and working with her husband and son in the Chicagoland area. Right out of high school Rachel began working as a wedding and portrait photographer and is currently evolving into her true passion, green-screen photography, and digital compositing.  As an Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert she often merges photos of her subjects on green screen in the studio into miniature objects or even combines multiple photographs to create a new setting that does not exist in the real world.

 

Many describe Rachel as a “self-taught” artist, but she has an aversion towards this moniker and contributes her knowledge to the study of many master artists. Although she has no formal degree she jumps at every learning opportunity she can; online classes, private workshops, art blogs, museum lectures, and college textbooks are just a few of the ways she appeases her ambition for education. Considering education her third-highest life priority she makes studying imperative daily practice. You can often find her wandering the Art Institute of Chicago with a favorite book in hand, frequently Symbols and Allegories in Art.

 

Rachel's primary goal when photographing anyone is to make the person in front of her lens feel empowered and to have that empowerment show up and provoke the viewer.  Her images are often described as surreal and whimsical, and they take the viewer into a fantasy to blur the lines of reality and fiction. Rachel describes her desire to create as a fundamental energy in her soul that hurts more to keep in than to let out.

 

From The Artist:

I create photo-realistic imagery that pulls the viewer into a fantasy world that challenges the boundaries of reality and imagination. My process is akin to that of a classical painter in that I start with a sketch and an eidetic visualization every element before I begin. Drawing from my vast personal collection of images taken from travels abroad and near home, I digitally combine photographs to create new and otherworldly landscapes. I then insert a live model and other objects photographed on a green screen in my studio to create a seamless photo-realistic final image. I often see (in mental pictures) a unique quality in those around me and the ones I love, and there is no greater joy than showing someone exactly as I see them. To produce an exact visual representation of the emotion projected in my mind in my ultimate creation. I am constantly asking “what if?” and the whimsical and surreal images I create are a direct answer to my questions. I strive to take my viewers into new and fanciful world inviting them to question what is real and what is not, and challenging them to ask “what if?” as well. 

 

 

My Life's Purpose:

 

 

To Create.

To create things that inspire myself and others to love.

To put love where love is not.

 

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Accolades

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Adobe Certified Photoshop Expert

WPPI Master Photographer

 

Light Space Time: “Created In Isolation” Group Exhibition 2nd Place Photography Division for Alone

Light Space Time: “Created In Isolation” Group Exhibition 4th Place Overall for Alone

Portrait Masters: Teen & Senior Portrait Division 2nd Place Silver Award for My Perfect Day

Portrait Masters: Contemporary Portrait Division 5th Place Silver Award for Life

Portrait Masters: Silver Award for Hollow

Portrait Masters: Silver Award for Letters to Santa

Portrait Masters: Silver Award for Wonder

Portrait Masters: Silver Award for Strength

Portrait Masters: Silver Award for Fly Away

Portrait Masters: Silver Award for Copernicus- The Burden of Discovery

Light Space Time: “Figurative” Exhibition 3rd Place for Beautifully Broken

WPPI The Annual: Gold Award fpr Letters to Santa

WPPI The Annual: Gold Award for Life

WPPI The Annual: Silver Distinction Award for Waiting For My Price

WPPI The Annual: Silver Award for Best Friends

WPPI The Annual: Silver Award for Warrior

WPPI The Annual: Silver Award for Hollow

WPPI The Annual: Silver Award for Fly Away

 

2019

WPPI Mast Photographer Award

Gallery Seven: “Art of Illinois” Group Exhibition, Lockport IL

PPA: North Central District Competition Sealed Image for Copernicus- The Burden of Discovery

PPA: North Central District Competition Sealed Image for Marie- The Downfall of a Queen

PPA: North Central District Competition Sealed Image for Until We Meet Again

WPPI First Half: Silver Award for Beautifully Broken

WPPI First Half: Silver Award for Till Death

Portrait Masters: Silver Award for Seeking Adventure

WPPI The Annual: Silver Distinction Award for Outrun

WPPI The Annual: Silver Award for Copernicus- The Burden of Discovery

WPPI The Annual: Silver Award for Imagination

 

2018

WPPI Second Half: Silver Distinction Award for Until We Meet Again

WPPI The Annual: Silver Award for Untitled

WPPI The Annual: Silver Award for Reflections of A Double Exposure

WPPI The Annual: Silver Award for Sir Reginold

WPPI The Annual; Silver Award for The Charade

 

2017

WPPI The Annual: Silver Award for: My Demons

WPPI The Annual: Silver Award for: Sabrina