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A Gallery: digital FX

Artistic, whimsical, experimental. - The following experiments are in roughly chronological order. - Methodological groupings follow. - Some groups have their own portfolio. eg. BEAUTIES.PTF An early artist's manifesto follows. This may have been used for pictures hung at Linda Hankin's gallery. Was probably my first public showing, not the Roselawn show which was much bigger.

Through a Glass, Digitally - Manifesto: Photos digitally edited and printed, with an attempt to apply water-colour techniques to photographic print-making. In particular, an enhanced ability to pick out significant detail against a blended background. See WC.PTF, LWH.PTF. The affinity between water-colour paintings and traditional photographic prints begins with water, pigment and paper. Both media have long been used by those who favour portability, rapid execution and direct observational rapport with fleeting subject matter. Watercolour painters and photographers have very often regarded themselves as documentarists or empiricists, with their role as artists, being mainly to interpret an objective rather than an internal truth. This modest parallelism between water-colour art and photography has lately shown signs of a significant convergence. With the recent advent of the digital darkroom, photographic print-making in colour has now become a reality, not only for well-funded professionals, but for the serious amateur. Pigment blending techniques and brushwork, similar to those used by the water-colour artist, can now be simulated in the computer. This is a tribute, first of all, to the natural genius of water-colour as an imaging medium. Colours can be made to blend transparently, to flow, to diffuse, to gather, and yet, when desired, to have the well-defined edges of a line drawing. It is not merely a technological trick that the computer can help the photo artist create similar effects. Both media are inherently competent at supporting what are essentially image-interpreting, in contrast to image-inventing, effects. Both achieve a characteristic and, at times, an uncannily similar result. However, a viable raw image must first be present. Art is not created by the machine any more than paintings are spontaneously created by water, pigment and paper. The physical behaviour of the imaging tools, while supportive, serves only to project onto a finished work the result of an artist's particular selection and handling of available elements: the digital lenses, brushes, filters, collage and colourization tools, and most importantly, the original image. The richness and freedom of these techniques in the photo artist's new toolbox at last gives me hope that photography can continue to romance the world of direct experience, while at the same time developing the selective eye of the artist who knows, so much better than the unaided camera, the difference between figure and ground.

1177-01
00-07 - School of Ideas, Netherby. (smudge FX)

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00-07 - School of Ideas, Netherby.

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00-07 - School of Ideas, Netherby. (WC FX)

1119-00a
- Mt. Algonquin, Heart L., w. drawing

0417-31
97-06 - Tadoussac from our campsite.

0417-31a
97-06 - Tadoussac, FX, drawing. This is also interesting because the background PHOTOGRAPH has more of an impressionistic effect than the drawing, which is literally reproduced. The germ of an idea here somewhere.

1125-33W
97 - Knossos, Greece

1125-33a
V08-05-05 - Knossos, Crete. (FX) Using "find edges".

1128-15
97 - Miriam's Research Site, nr Monemvasia

1128-15e
97 - Miriam's Research Site, smoothing FX.

0423-28a
97-06-07 - Monemvasia.

0423-28b
97-06-07 - Monemvasia. (posterized FX)

1131-09
98 - The National Gallery, Ottawa.

1131-09a
98 - The National Gallery, Ottawa, FX.

1137-08
98 - Spectator.

1137-08a
98 - Spectator FX.

1137-25
98 - Merle and Taro, Woodside

1137-25b
98 - Other dimensions, overlay FX. See-through FX obtained by "selecting" surface of leaf, copying the image, then depositing this into the irregular selected area.

1143-05
98-11 - Marcy Woods, Lake Erie Shore.

1143-05b
98-11 - Marcy Woods, Lake Erie Shore. FX

1146-22
99-04 - RBG greenhouse, Burlington.

1146-22a
99-04 - RBG greenhouse, Burlington, FX.

1148-02
99-05 - Cape Croker.

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99-05 - Cape Croker, FX.

1149-01
99-06 - Waiting for the Mail.

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99-06 - Waiting for the Mail, FX.

0400-17
94 - Dimitri and Thesis, Antelope Island, Wash.

1150-12
99 - Hometown, Danville, P.Q.

1150-12a
99 - Hometown, Danville, P.Q., FX Smart blur, etc.

1151-21
99 - Woodside

1151-21a
99 - Woodside FX

1151-14
99 - Ruth's Backyard, Toronto.

1151-14a
99 - Ruth's Backyard, Toronto, FX.

1152-14
99-07 - Scrapes, Welland Canal

1152-14b
99-07 - Scrapes, Welland Canal. FX.

1153-20
99-07 - Minivan in the garden, Woodside.

1153-20a
99-07 - Minivan in the garden, FX.

1153-23
99-07 - Impatiens, Woodside.

1153-23a
99-07 - Impatiens, Woodside.FX

1153-24
99-07 - Hosta, Woodside.

1153-24a
99-07 - Hosta, Woodside. FX

1159-21
99 - On the Kerry Way

1159-21F
V08-05-05 - On the Kerry Way FX.

1159-21e
99 - On the Kerry Way (drawing on layer) Was testing Adam's drawing pad. Could get better at this.

1166-19
99 - Powerscourt, Co. Wicklow

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99 - Powerscourt Gdns., Co. Wicklow. FX median 6, masked to let vers.19b show through.

1169-20
00-02 - Merle of the Arctic, Port Dalhousie.

1169-20b
00-02 - Merle of the Arctic, FX. Blue harbinger sighting: can spring be far off? Selected areas of ice. Flew in sky from another picture.

1170-15
00-05 - Morning on the Henley, Port Dalhousie.

1170-15a
00-05 - Morning on the Henley, FX.

1176-17
00-07 - Loti.

1176-17d
00-07 - Loti FX.

1191-12
00-11 - Hawser #1, Port Dover.