This very interesting work, from an artist named Michael Jackson shows a real mountain with what I assume is real water… or is it? Jackson is playing with fantasy here and takes real photographs of mountains he then sketches for reference and also works at the macro scale. Now, photographing a mountain for me right now is impossible, but photographing macro versions of rocks is not. Perhaps I could do something similar with a deep abyss-like water with rock submerged halfway underneath. I can composite the rock, shot in a light box in a dish with water mixed with blue food coloring for effect. The sky may turn to a bright blue to contrast the deep blue below. Unlike some of my other ideas of duality, this does not mirror but rather continues beyond.
10/5/2016 – I decided to use geo stone bookends, and photograph them close when as the were submerged in water and surrounded by pavement. After thinking about environments, this particular parking lot around the corner from where I recently moved came to mind, probably because I bottomed out my wifes car just the other day while driving through it. I decided to pour two gallons of water into this pothole and place the geo crystals I have inside it. The rough edges around the pothole created this barren looking cliff, with endlessness of dry hot landscape, and the geo crystal looks to be out of place, hidden away and full of potential.
The previous night I spent 3+ hours in photoshop on one image, getting reflections painted in and geo crystal composited in another environment, without success. The word “simpler” came to mind from the various talks I’ve had with Jason DeMarte this semester, and it just made so much more sense to let nature do the work, because getting things perfect is impractical. I had fun doing this, transforming small objects to look larger while reconstructing the environment around it will be something I want to continue.
This image was taken by a photographer by the name of Imre Potyó, who waited 12 days to get this shot of mayflies over the Rába river in Hungary. Like my series OUR SPACE, this image is a composite of two separate images (foreground and background). This man has more patience than me, and although this image is amazing (it is), I may have to play around inside Photoshop more and experiment with birds, insects, and other creatures (besides fish) that illustrate the microcosm and macrocosm.
9/21/2016 – This photo of three trees lit by campfire and night sky was taken the weekend before I originally wrote this post, and found Mr. Potyó’s work. I used photoshop brushes in separate layers, so I could better control the opacity and rotation of these birds. The idea I took from the photograph of mayflies is that what’s above us, the stars in this case, mirrors what’s below, in my case the birds. The endless variation on different kinds of life is apparent in the shapes of the tree leaves, birds, and stars. I love the detail in this image with all its subtleties.
This series is brilliant, and I wish I’d have thought of it before the photographer Fabian Oefner had. This image in particular looks like an eyeball and that’s exactly why I plan on creating diptychs representing such things. The reference to ‘manmade’ and ‘pollution’ being just one of the concepts that jumped out to me after looking at this “Oil Spill” series. Being inspired from this, as I immediately was, of course means I’ll need to somehow re-create this technique Mr. Oefner has perfected, and perhaps work on a video component to compliment the still.
Matthew Albanese’s “Sugarland” still image is just one example of many believable yet painterly macro re-creations of scenes (that don’t really exist). This guy is on a whole other level that I really respect. There is something off in a good way that’s still very real in reality because of it’s materialistic properties that mimics grander scale textures and patterns. Check out his website, you’ll be happy you did.