Oh you DOG you, you've been holding out! SUPERB! A whole "NOTHER you. I just discovered your photomanip file!!! DAMN! You absolutely shattered my perceptions. I have not seen this work subbed from you before and I never imagined this kind of tinkering would be of interest to you . . . and there you go, blowing me out of the water. Excellent, Sir!
Thank you, that's really nice to hear. I had a brief period of doubt about photo-tinkering after a friend put me off it saying it wasn't art and more or less cheating but that's now passed and I like having fun with it again now.
GOOD FOR YOU! You're very good at it. I've had the same arguments. As a trained traditional artist I was very resistant to just PHOTOGRAPHY at first. I started taking pictures a year ago to document my new living space which is so lush and rich. Going from the desolation of Colorado to the abundance of Oregon was startling! It was then I began to learn how to tinker and I was thrilled to be able to take that photograph into unexpected territory FAST! No bashing around, no straining to concoct an image but rather an exploration like an mental archaeologist - what can I pull from this image that will make it sing? It is a devoted process of discovery.
Thank you. Yes, I agree it is something else, as worthy an art form as anything else that's been around longer. It can bring new ways of looking at things that can spill over into the traditional arts too, just as photography itself did and as is evident from the work of the painters working along side of it as it was starting out at the start of the last century. It's odd that a lot of the photo's I take are for the purpose of reference for paintings I want to work on but I seldom get to paint the actual painting because the image is interesting enough as it is. I really like your photo's and photo-manipulations too. Yes, I agree that just adding a little here and there digitally can uncover another truth about the image.