Thursday, April 29, 2010

...and processing

As I prepare what will be some of the elements of my entry in the SAQA homelessness exhibit, I am exploring how I can use my photographs most effectively. I have been moved by this whole process, and want to convey the gravity of what I have experienced -- not an experience unique to me, of course, or unique to my subject Thomas -- but an experience that art has the possibility to make palpable.

After I created the crop of the hand and bench, above, I changed it to black and white. To this I added a "fill" layer in a sepia tone, a the hue of dirt, which I felt would convey the difficulties the homeless face in maintaining a clean life.

My Epson printer came through with aplomb, in both cotton sateen and in a sheer.The photo above is on the sateen, and the detail is astounding. I am not sure how I am going to use the sheer. Here are two possibilities:

The double-image created by the sheer certainly alters the message, but I am not quite sure what that message is. Any comments would be deeply appreciated.


Glorianne said...

I love the way the 2nd image looks with the sheer. The one on the bottom. There is a lot of feeling that comes from it... I think you're on the right track. Thanks for sharing your process with Thomas. Of course you approached the matter with sensitivity and gratitude.

Lynn Weathers said...

I also prefer the second one. It seems to portray the feeling of "unbalance." I'm not sure that is really the word I want, but it's late and I'm tired. Maybe what I mean is that the blurred image portrays the "shakiness of life." I'm sure you will do something wonderful with this image.

Judy Rys said...

Great photo.

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