Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Photomontage Journal

Some notes about creating the images

I use Adobe Photoshop to create the photomontages (started in the 1990’s), and my own photographs from an extensive morgue that includes almost everything from clouds to alebrijes (wood carvings from Oaxaca, Mexico). At first the images were small, 72 pixels a square inch and 8 x 10 inches, perhaps 15 or so layers. * They have become much more ambitious over time, 16 x 21 inches with over 70 layers. I intend the newest to be printed at 30 by 42 inches. The photomontages have a very personal cosmography that I know will be interpreted by others in light of their own experience. They are time consuming as the process includes a great deal of manipulation of the individual images and layers. Often I must change older layers because the image in a new layer affects all the layers beneath. All the photomantages (so far) are produced in editions of ten, and one has been retired because the edition is complete. I will consider larger editions should the images obtain greater popularity. Meanwhile, as in all the artwork I create, I make the image as a form of thought provoking meditation, and the act of production has nothing to do with selling the art object. Sale of images is an unfortunate but necessary afterthought.

*Occasionally I use images of single objects or figures found on the Internet if I have been unable to obtain that specific referent on my own. These are removed from larger images that have no copyright, or I have requested permission from the owner/creator of the image from which I then extract the object of choice.

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