|Elaine 7 Print by Michelle Caplan on Etsy|
I don't know where I have been but I just discovered Michelle Caplan on her Etsy shop and her amazing collage portraits. With a background in graphic design and visual arts, coupled with her passion for collage, her Collage Portraiture was created. In her words,
"The portraits bring life to photographic history, each piece with its own narrative; trying to the tell the story of the person behind the image. It can represent a link to a family’s past and provide a visual legacy for its future. "
Michelle creates her originals from found photos that have a history, sometimes unknown behind them. That's part of the appeal I think. She also does commission work from photos of those who seek out her talent. Whether you choose to have her create an original from a family member during a milestone event, or a portrait of the family pet, she will create a truly special time sake.
Examples of her commissioned portraits: