An experiment. A test. A little tinkering.
I usually leave this kind of post production for pictures of places or things that are “appropriate” for heavy manipulation. Some people do this all the time. They modify their original picture into something different. There was their intent from the minute they found the subject and pushed the button. They make their kind of art. Some work is pretty amazing. Some, not so much. But, all is fine. It’s their work. I generally see my pictures as photographs. So, I may work on them some but I leave the framework intact.
After I did the post production on the two pictures that you saw yesterday, a thought struck me. I don’t know why it didn’t in the past, except to say that cement sets very hard. I wanted to see what would happen if I used similar techniques on people. On flowers. On subjects that would normally be very pretty in color.
Like everything else, there is a little outside drive to tinker with this stuff. I was asked to participate in a showcase called “The Louisiana Photography Biennial.” I have a pretty good idea of how the curator sees my New Orleans work. But, since I have a little time before deadline, I thought I would play around a little.
This image is the result of my midnight work. It’s not quite as grungy or messed up as the battlefield pictures, but it is quite a change from the original. I’m of two minds. Mardi Gras Indians are bright and colorful by nature. Their suits are bright orange, red, green or yellow. Maybe that’s what the pictures should reflect? Or, maybe they should be slightly more personal like the picture above. I’m not sure.
What do y’all think?