The Battle of New Orleans. January 8, 1815. The last battle of the War of 1812.
This is where it happened. The big battle. I showed you one picture yesterday. Somewhere along the line, my touring buddy posted a few pictures of the battlefield on his blog. He wrote something like he’s interested in how I saw the same scene.
This is how I saw it.
There is a reason for this. Most art is driven by some kind of technology. Even painting. Painting? Huh? Really?
The availability of certain kinds of brushes affect the technique which affects the final painting. Paint formulas and color certainly change the look of the work. Think about the color blue. It was the last color to be invented. How were skies painted before that?
More than any genre of art, photography has been affected by technology from the time the oldest surviving permanent photograph was made in 1826, by Niecephore Niepce, until a second ago, when somebody took a picture of something. Probably a selfie. Or, a bad food picture. With their smart phone.
Think about that.
Unless the selfie is printed on paper, it does not exist anywhere except in the form of ones and zeros. That’s how it is today. Unless I print these two images that’s how they exist too. Very fragile ones and zeros. People who leave all their pictures on their phone or a cloud will be very unhappy one day. You’ll see. Look what happened to Delta Airlines the other day. One power failure and the entire system crashed.
Some people say that unless the image is printed somewhere it isn’t a photograph. I think that too. That’s why I make big Blurb Books. It’s a very good way of printing a year’s worth of work. A portfolio. Sort of inexpensively. It also forces me to edit (cull) ruthlessly.
I let extreme technology help create these two pictures. Remember, yesterday I wrote that I had to work at the worst time of day and light? Bright sun at about high noon. I messed with a color picture. I wasn’t all that happy with it. So today, I decided to take a different direction. I think this is a better solution. Sepia with a bunch of extra photo manipulation technique. I tried to make the pictures look like they could have been taken in 1815. And, left to rot on the battlefield.
My imagination. Sheesh. Scary isn’t it?