St. James Rising - Photographic Illustration

  The montage is composed with three slide transparencies, a scallop shell, a sunset and a cloud formation. Colorization was added through an enlarger head. All work was done pre Photoshop era.

  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 have faded into the past.

The scallop shell is the traditional emblem of Saint James the Greater and is popular with pilgrims on the Way of St. James to the apostle's shrine at Santiago de Compostela in Spain.

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