These images start as digital photographs. They are then brought into Photoshop and processed bring out the sense and feeling I had at the time they were taken. This processing involves a unique manner of manipulating the essential graphics (pixels) of the file. Literally thousands of facilities are at hand for doing this. Selecting and playing with these techniques works to developing the image to a completed concept, and admittedly many times it doesn’t work with the result a failure, only to try again.
Thus the phrase “Art Photography”: Theses are photographs at their core, but these images are developed into something that highlights the vision of these scenes. Some are pixilated, some stripped of color then re-colored, some are sharpened, and some are blurred, while most are the result of the combination of these and other techniques, they are still photographs, and the resulting images are the artwork that has evolved. Some of these are works in continual progression, and some are complete are you see them (for now, at least)…
Even traditionally most photographs were not printed as they were taken. The camera does not discriminate what it records, but the eye distills and interprets what it sees. The dark room was the laboratory that the photographer used to develop the image. Sometimes this would only be to adjust contrast, sometimes more involved. It was frequently a frustratingly slow process. Now it is the computer does that work with greater flexibility and variety than was available before. The computer also allows for more experimentation with less loss of time and materials, particularly time. All art requires testing the limits of its mediums to develop and evolve, photography is no exception.
. My intent here is not to create something that the images are not. They are not watercolors, nor oil paintings (though these effects can be created in Photoshop and other specialized programs), nor other special effects that replicate other mediums and techniques of art. My hope here is to amplify the image, to let it describe what I saw and felt at the time the original scene was photographed. These are photographs at their core.