Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Deane’s Glitzy Thought


A Post on Mrs. Deane:

black-alert.jpg
© beierle + keijser

While fiddling around with these wilting flowers a little mindlessly after a long day, it occurred to me that I hadn’t ever come across photo-based art — excuse my language — that uses masked areas (in this case a black alert) as an integral part of the image. Partial overprints have been done before, but not based on computer-generated messages about color information or whatever it is you are masking. One could even imagine that something dreadful glittery is glued or sprayed on the spots now marked a bleak yellow. Of course this particular image is really not an elegant example of what you could achieve with such a technique, but there must exist compositions to which this effect can be added in a meaningful way. If anyone has seen this effect successfully applied elsewhere, do let me know! — And now I know what I can make: an I heart Photograph Xmas-card, yeah…

I love this kind of shit. I was working with one of my students the other day and she had somehow gotten the black value warning stuck on without knowing what it was. She was going through her images and letting out disappointing sighs as she noted they were all bad – they all had this horrible grainyness for some reason. I couldn’t figure out what she was talking about until I turned off the shadow value warning toggle and she got super excited, asking how I fixed her images. Blew both her minds – I totally didn’t understand how she was seeing, that she could think it was a natural part of her image, somehow she’d gotten that in camera, etc.

posted by Ian Aleksander Adams at 1:43 am  

2 Comments »