Recently, i have been immersed in exploring abstraction in
photography as intervened upon with digital art. Digital
photo collage is precisely like traditional collage except it
makes use of digital tools located in such computer
software programs as Photoshop. The scissors are traded
in for a mouse which enables one to select a cutting tool;
this latter is then used to manually trace around the form
one wishes to clip. To paste a shape you simply must set
the figure into the wanted position. Thus, the computer is
being guided by the hand directly to complete the work
the artist has imagined with his or her mind's eye.
In the work to the right, "Iris Meditation", traditional
photography is combined with digital, art making. The
work began with a photograph of the interior of a French
iris. This photograph provided the basis for the
subsequent abstract interventions. Geometric forms
were then drawn onto the black and white, iris image with
the aforementioned software's shape tools. Shapes
were then hand colored and hand positioned.
It is a falsity to believe that digitally created or influenced
art is less in value or work input than the traditional
media based, art pieces. One must forgo ones'
preconceptions. The computer and the software are
merely tools to achieve an artistic end. As any tool the
computer requires the artist's forethought and manual
dexterity. Digital art is merely the new frontier. Let us
embrace the computer as a tool which enables the
creative spirit to mold fresh and interesting worlds.