Dallas Voice (Dallas, Tex.), Vol. 28, No. 13, Ed. 1 Friday, August 12, 2011 Page: 24 of 56
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Hill has eyes
Photographer and makeup artist Steven D. Hill knows how to bring the drama steven lindsey i Contributing Writer
When Steven D. Hill decided to showcase his two talents
— photography and dynamic makeup artistry — in a
local exhibit, he was turned down by every gallery he
approached. Rather than accept defeat, he pooled his resources
and produced one all on his own.
It's not his first time making himself over. In college, Hill took
courses in fashion design and makeup for the stage, but it wasn't
until after graduation that he discovered his talent for photogra-
phy. Other than skimming through a photography how-to book,
he's completely self-taught. Hill has already made a name for him-
self in the local fashion community through his work on both sides
of the camera.
"To be honest, my technique and point of view came from trial
and error," he says'. "The talent was there, I didn't know."
It isn't all just an ego trip Hill. At 26, he is ready for his art to
help give back. On Aug. 18, his Heads with HeARTS exhibit de-
buts, benefiting Vogel Alcove, an organization dedicated to helping
homeless children. (Admission is free, but patrons are asked to
bring an in-kind donation such as toys, arts supplies and clothing
for children aged six weeks to 5 years.)
Hill takes the principles he learned from design communication
and color theory and translates that to what he sees through his
camera lens. His specialty is shockingly fashion-forward imagery
with splashes of supersaturated color contrasted to moody mono-
"I believe the interactive media side of my studies taught me
how to better understand composition and how to
communicate through design," he sayS. "It's my art. I really enjoy
creating art and capturing it through the lens of a camera, using
the unique forms of light to create an amazing photograph. Just
like a painter, it takes tools to produce a great image."
Hill says that his photography is his way of expressing his artis-
tic Creativity through the power of a digital process. He describes
his photographic style as the foundation of fashion, pop culture
SELF TAUGHT DIVA | Steven D. Hill, top, combines his flair for drama,
color and makeup in his self-portrait; right, two of his fashion shots are
more monochromatic but undeniably sexy and eye-catching.
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