November 2, 2007

About the Art

My art begins with digital photography. Real photos of real things. Real light falling across a real face, real objects, or a real landscape.

Often what someone hopes to capture with a camera remains elusive. Often it is obscured by poor conditions or submerged in extraneous detail. Sometimes the composition goes awry. Sometimes the light is wrong. Sometimes the impression that the photographer wants to capture does not translate to the raw image. Still, often, the photo does contain the essential information that can convey the intended impression.

When I see that potential in an image I go into the photo and try to release it. I work with the raw material in the digital image and transform it using digital darkroom software and techniques. Typically, I enhance the image in a number of ways including color adjustments, structural editing, and filtering or contouring.

I call this process pixography.

In an effort to convey the thought and emotion invested in the original image I look for the pieces that are missing as well as the details that obstruct my view. Depending on the original photo and my evaluation I may crop the image, enhance the color, and bring out shadows or highlights. I might also use filters to decrease the complexity of the details, and clarify the message. By simplifying the visual cues the subject of the image is often brought into focus, and amplified, to create a unique impression for the viewer.

I think the process of pixography is something like writing a poem. I draw impressions from what I know about the original photo. I select attributes from the narrative it expresses. I enhance them, finding synonyms to give more singularity and precision to the description. I rearrange their sequence in search of rhyme and a cadence that is pleasing and creatively expressive. I construct a metaphor that informs the context and suggests a perspective. In the end I settle on that combination of attributes, rhythm and structure that best conveys what I saw captured by the original image.

I hope you see it too!

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