I’m a pretty textural person. I can’t eat tomatoes because they squish wrong, touching acrylic fabrics makes me cringe and I will maintain until the day I die that crunchy peanut butter makes your teeth feel weird. One thing that doesn’t mess with my textural weirdness though, is glitter.
Ahh, glitter. The clingiest of all art supplies. A trashy extravaganza starring Mariah Carey. A vacuum cleaner’s mortal enemy. The cornerstone of any art project, festival outfit or revenge-driven envelope surprise.
It’s a rare inclusion on my list of ‘good things to touch’ (comparatively, the list of ‘bad things to touch’ is extensive). But above all, it just LOOKS SICK.
And it certainly seems that photographer and Photo Imaging graduate from Billy Blue College of Design, Georgia Moloney, agrees. As part of her creative process, she takes her original photographs and adapts them with layers of different textured papers, crafts and (naturally) glitter to give it a more tactile feel.
“Like a lot of other photographers, my bread and butter work is portraiture, events and weddings, but live music and creative portraiture continue to be my side hustle,” she said.
“Generally I start my process by picking one of my favourite shots from a gig. I print it out, take it to my craft corner and begin working my magic.”
Given that Moloney’s shots are always dynamic and fluid shots that capture the atmosphere of the gigs (having refined her skills over the course of her degree), even just choosing the shot can be tricky. But it’s the shots that have that feeling of movement that she loves to add to.
It’s a way to make the art far more dimensional and gives the music shots an added layer of showmanship, (my fave word ever) pizzazz and yep, more glitter. But it’s also a way for Moloney to be able to look at her own work from a different perspective.
“Something I really like about being able to create art like this is that I can take an old photo that I took and breathe new life into it by collaging it,” she said.
When it comes to imparting her brilliance onto others, she says:
“Some advice for any up and coming photographer… Truthfully it would be keep your ego in check. Keep your head down and constantly keep trying to improve yourself.”
“Shoot outside your comfort zone, because you might find something you actually really like doing.”
In fact, one of the biggest takeaways Moloney had from her study was that exploring different styles and mediums can be absolutely instrumental in finding the kind of photography you really love doing.
And look, with great glitter comes great responsibility. It’s no lie. But this kind of three dimensional craft definitely takes photography to the next level, and we’re all about it.
Keep your grabby hands in check and scope out some of her work in the video below.