I’m sure there can be a lot of debate about what qualifies as art. For example, if I digitally enhance a photograph that I shot, with tools that simulate traditional oil paint brush strokes, and then print it on canvas, does this quality as art? I’m not sure. And, I really don’t care, I suppose.
Clearly, there is some creativity involved both creating the photograph and to a lesser extent, applying the digital brush strokes to get an effect that I like. But, what is more important to me is making this piece, getting it printed and displaying it on my wall. It’s in a prominent place on the second floor that I pass by, multiple times a day. I see it and it makes me smile.
For years I’ve made a lot of photographs, some of which I’ve shared on this blog. But, having a digital representation of my photos, while convenient, lacks something. It seems too clean, tidy and virtual. When the slab of glass is turned off, whether it be a smartphone or a computer, it’s as through those photographs don’t exist. An unrelenting expanse of black that only comes to life with electricity.
I’m trying to change this. It started last year as I started printing my photos in various ways. This year, I want to further expand on this effort. I also want to branch out from just traditional photography. If using additional tools to create an Art-ish image, better matches what I envisioned, all the better. Today’s printed piece is my first serious attempt.
You might recognize the original photograph, which I first featured on this blog post. While it’s colorful for a photograph, I always imagined an even more festive and colorful image.
I used Topaz Studio software to create this effect and amp up the colors. While there is a point of ridiculousness for saturated photos, paintings or even simulated paintings don’t seem to suffer from the same restrictions. It’s as though the increased abstractness gives permission to become more daring in color.
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