|© Robert Sommers|
I am going to be displaying some of the work I have been experimenting with lately, some photos that I have been painting on top of, sort of non objective work, along with a few photos that I have created and posted for this blog. The kind of photos that leave real serious photographers spitting and pulling out their hair. They're just pixels, baby.
If you worship at the altar of Stieglitz and Weston, the idea of photoshop manipulation is profane and untoward. So I submit my work with a touch of shame and unease to the guys who have played it straight. I want to see how fuzzy the line can be blurred between painting and photography.
This thing has been thrown together fast. Haven't had the paints out in years. Should be an interesting show.
Here's my mission statement for the show:
Photographers tend to be a fairly doctrinaire group. I like to use the camera as another tool in creating art, but not necessarily worship at the shrine of the masters.
For me it is interesting to blur the line between painting and photography. I am trying to use the photographic pixels in a nonromantic way, and to manipulate the image like one might sling paint.
These images have been sliced, diced, wrung out, stretched, folded, pressed, painted and degraded. Approach them with caution.