Friday, April 30, 2010

What, How & Why: A Closer Look - Featuring Janna Bissett

At, we work with artists and photographers from across the United States and Canada. We're inspired everyday by the images that they send to us and by the stories they share.

In our "What, How & Why" interview series, we take a closer look at some of these fascinating people.

We've asked each participating artist or photographer three simple questions:

1. What do you do?
2. How do you do it?
3. Why do you use

Please read on to find out more about Janna Bissett.

Janna Bissett
Fine Art Photographer
Clawson, MI

What do you do?
My day job is shooting stills and virtual tours for real estate, but my passion is for fine art photography. I have my BFA from the University of Michigan and have been shooting for 12 years. My favorite thing to do is to challenge myself by taking something normally seen as uninteresting or discarded and make it intriguing and beautiful. I also love to experiment with photography and try different techniques.

Besides photography I also paint, draw, make jewelry (metalwork as well as using found objects in it), and I make handmade accessories.

I've always been influenced by fashion and the figure and it shows through in my work.

How do you do it?
I did a series where I combined abstract painting/graffiti art with photography. I used a cleaner on glass and spread it around so that it looked like brush strokes, similar to illustration type ones. Then I set up the camera and took a self portrait. I took it even further by manipulating the photo digitally as well.

I love to experiment like that. I do so many different forms of art that it's exciting when I can combine some of them.

I print all of my photographs on metallic paper, which in a way crosses over with the metalwork I do too. I sell my work locally in stores and galleries as well as online in my etsy shops: and

Why do you use
I love iPrintfromHome and recommend them to anyone who asks who I use to print my metallic photographs. Not only do they give a consistent product done right, they are so personable. If you have a question you can call or email and get an immediate response. I love their blog and the accessability that twitter gives you as well.

Contact Information:
Janna Bissett

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