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A Robbery Inspired the 'To Adrian Rodriguez, with Love' Exhibit

— March 16, 2012 — Naughty
When a prowler robbed artist Melanie Willhide's apartment, she dedicated her latest photo series, 'To Adrian Rodriguez, with Love' to him.

Instead of wallowing over the loss of many of her possessions, the Los Angeles photographer was inspired to create a collection of psychedelic, color-streaking portraits.

Showing at New York City's Von Lintel Gallery, this collection replicates the distorted photos that were recovered from the artist's laptop which was stolen during the burglary. A collection of family and wedding captures were corrupted and upon realizing they could not be fixed, Willhide learned how to recreate the look of the damaged photos.

The shots appear to be a mix of both vintage and present-day photographs that effectively combine black and white with vibrant color.

Willhide feels that the photos in the exhibit 'To Adrian Rodriguez, with Love,' are a representation of the past that was stolen from her and how that will affect her future.
Trend Themes
1. Psychedelic Portraits - Creating distorted and color-streaking portraits inspired by robbery incidents can disrupt the traditional photography industry and offer unique artistic expressions.
2. Damaged Photo Recreation - Learning to recreate the look of damaged photos can lead to disruptive innovation opportunities in photo restoration and editing technologies.
3. Mix of Vintage and Modern Photography - Combining black and white with vibrant color in photographs can open up new possibilities for creative expression and visual storytelling in the photography industry.
Industry Implications
1. Art Exhibitions - Exhibiting collections of distorted and color-streaking portraits inspired by personal experiences can attract art enthusiasts and inspire new forms of artistic expression in the art exhibition industry.
2. Photography Services - Providing services for recreating the look of damaged photos can disrupt the traditional photo restoration industry and offer innovative solutions for preserving and restoring valuable memories.
3. Creative Design and Advertising - Incorporating the mix of vintage and modern photography styles can create visually striking designs and advertisements that stand out in the competitive creative design industry.
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