Portfolio

I like making things.

This is a collection of my best written and visual work.

Writing

I write frequently about internet marketing, blogging, web design, and social media marketing. Contact me if you are interested in my freelance writing services.

3 Product Photography Hacks to Boost Your Sales

September 2015

This post guides Undullify readers through three really unique product photography "hacks" that they can use to stand out against the likes of Amazon. From unique angles to crowdsourced imagery to interactive content, learn how to create a really awesome experience for your potential customers in order to wow that money right out of their wallets.

Stand Out on Social Media with Multi-Image Collages

July 2015

This social media marketing article for Undullify explains some of the benefits of this underused feature of Facebook, Twitter, and other social platforms. I go through a dozen examples from all kinds of brands and teach readers how to create their own multi-image posts on Facebook and Twitter.

How to Optimize Your Site's Images for Google Image Search

June 2015

This post guides Undullify readers through the ins and outs of basic image SEO, and explains how sites with original or in-demand imagery can earn traffic from Google Image Search.

The Best Free Image Sources for Your Website

March 2015

This highly detailed piece for my blog WordPressionist lists over 30 totally free, do what you want, CC0 photo sources, as well as three services that are attempting to create searchable databases.

How to Target 73% of Online Adults: Finding an Effective Social Media Strategy

April 2014

73% of online adults use at least one social network. This piece for the WebpageFX blog goes through the data to reveal where to find them.

The Fall of Internet Auctions and New Age of eCommerce

January 2014

At one time, eBay was the third most-visited site on the web. Now it has fallen to eCommerce giants like Amazon. What happened to the internet auction, and why are we where we are today? I explain in this article for the WebpageFX blog.

Artwork

The artwork below was almost entirely created while studying studio art at Kenyon College in Gambier, Ohio.

The first piece below was my final project, an animated video created with cut paper that was on exhibition in the spring of 2012. The other images are parts of other projects.

Aftermath

2012

Music by Pierre Hazan

View the video on YouTube

After a sobering trip to Pripyat, Ukraine and a semester spent researching the dangerously rapid growth of nuclear powers in the world, I created Aftermath, a piece addressing the erasure of human existence with a seemingly innocuous panning papercut animation. When I visited Pripyat, the site of the Chernobyl accident that irradiated swaths of the world as wide as western Europe and even Canada, I was stunned by the sight of a land completely reclaimed by nature. The wide boulevard which had once spanned through the city center had become a web of ferns and moss and barely-visible blacktop, while the sidewalk was lost in the shadow of the decorative trees that had once been interspersed along it. It was in one sense devastated, but in another sense beautiful.

With layers moving at different rates, the steady progression through a landscape represents the onward march of time. From city to countryside, the animation reveals a familiar and bustling world; stop motion cars pass in the foreground as tall buildings and bus stops give way to colorful houses and manicured lawns. Amidst this vibrant setting, occasional cutaways reveal a building tension in this outwardly benign universe. As the animation rolls forth, it passes from the familiar to a mirror image world wracked by the aftermath of abuses on the environment. Houses sit collapsed and decayed, while forests reclaim suburbia and plantlife fills the city skyline.

Aftermath contrasts the growing problems of our consumptive world with colorful cut paper illustrations that are at once childlike in their simplicity and mature as a cautionary tale. Laid out like a rolling storybook, as the timeline continues, cars grow bulkier and streets more congested. A soundtrack begins with soft acoustics and grows more frantic and synthesized as the infrastructure explodes beyond capacity. The unseen society portrayed in this project shields its eyes to the growing environmental concerns, as they speed towards their own destruction. An intentionally vague but disastrous Event ends this reign of anti-environmental tyranny; though at first the world lies in waste, flora begins to reclaim the earth as it begins anew.

Digital Landscape

2011

A digital illustration created as an album cover for Pierre Hazan.

Mental Blocks: Failure

2011

Part of a series of digital photographs.

Triangular Paper Landscape

2012

© Adrienne Wolter