Daniel Borreto is an accomplished photographer and artist. He often uses his art and combines much of his personal art with photography to create some stunning images (photography and illustration).
I first notice Daniel Barreto’s unique style and photos in a piece entitled, “Tree Homes for Gnomes (From my earlier blog)“. I also interviewed Daniel last year as he continues to study in Boston at SMFA (School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston).
He recently completed the “Lonely Islands” project.
Daniel continues to create some of the most fascinating Motion Graphics through simple GIF loops. He uses a Canon EOS REBEL T2i for many of his photos. He will typically take the photo and then using Photoshop, create GIF images making a fascinating,visual loop.
I recently contacted Daniel for an update of his most recent work and plans:
Daniel, it’s been over a year since we talked. How are things going with your latest projects and life in general?
Pretty good, some ups and downs but nothing tragic. Latest project is on the works, a stop motion video piece using a LED stick called Pixel Stick.
Can you tell us what inspired your latest project, “Lonely Islands” and a little something about how they were made?
Lonely Islands project started with me trying to apply all the 3d techniques I learned last year. I was trying to create a piece of my own but leaving traces of simple geometry arranged on the scene. Conceptually is just about a sensation of loneliness but not in a sad or depressing way. I will want to go there (if I could) spending some time going from one island to the other. For these pieces I also use photoshop to draw on top of the render and while painting, trying to imitate the same light source on the new objects.
How are your studies in Boston going?
Good, no complains… I graduate this coming semester and I’m planning to take some time off and apply to masters at CalArts /Experimental Animation. But if constant work shows up or anything interesting I’ll stick to it and not do masters.
How was the Video Mapping Project and its reception at the Digital Art Festival?
It was really exciting. The energy of the place went off when the festival started. I just ran directly to the room of my piece and tried to fix everything while people were already trying to enter the room. But in the end it looked great. (Installation at Digital Art Festival MOD in Guadalajara, Mexico, 2014 – Video Mapping on the leafs of an Anthurium.)
Have you made any important contacts or inroads with your work?
I like to think that everyone could be a good contact. People who own galleries, editors for art magazines or any person invested in art. During the summer I did a break-through in a commercial way. I worked for Tumblr/Yahoo through their new organization called Creatrs to create five gifs for Axe. It was challenging but at the end I think they liked their pieces (I hope) and hopefully Creatrs could be source for commissions every now and then.
What projects or exhibitions will you be working on this year (2016)?
I’m going to continue working on the stop motion video I previously mentioned -untitled yet- This is a still of the video (Franklin Park) of light painting. Everything is being filmed at night and usually it takes so long 4 hours or so to make only 4 secs worth video… But the results are superb and I want to submit it to the Ottawa Animation Festival. I have a good feeling about it and I’m excited to see the final result. I’m also working on the audio for it using music software.
Daniel Barreto is a freelance Artist currently living and continues studying in Boston
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