Moon Solitude

  This pre Photoshop Photo-Illustration was a compilation of three images - moon, cloud formations, and farmhouse with meadow. It was then colorized via the enlarger - the enlarger head being removed from its mount and turned upside down beneath a copy stand. When the image was "complete", a 35mm slide was taken of the montage.

  Photographic Illustration is a step beyond photography in that the artist paints with the camera, and the final image is a compilation of either one or more (pre-planned) images, visual textures and/or colorizations.

  Photographic Illustration in its purest sense is becoming a thing of the past due to Photoshop and other means of digital editing. Prior to digital media these artworks were created within the darkroom, applying unique techniques with implements and enlargers, in uses for which they were not intended. Today, thanks to Photoshop and digitization in general, tedious hours in the dark and use of noxious chemicals are fading into the past.


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