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Portrait of the artist as a young sunset
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 - Portrait of the artist as a young sunset - Techno-Impressionist Museum - Techno-Impressionism - art - beautiful - photo photography picture - by Tony Karp

You never know where things will lead. That's part of the fun of being an artist rather than a photographer. Most photographs are pretty well resolved at the moment the shutter is clicked. But, as I've said before, the artist sees this as just the first step.

Here we have a picture of the sunset, taken through the trees, on the street where I used to live in Queens, New York. The houses were set about eight feet apart on either side of a narrow street. There were trees and utility poles as well. Seeing the sunset was sort of like looking through a keyhole.

So what results isn't very interesting, at least at first. But we can play with the spectrum of the film as we scan it into the computer. The sun gives a red halo, but is resolved as a blue area. If you look at the bottom half of the picture, you can see some of the detail of the houses and the utility poles and the phone and cable lines.

As I looked at the clear blue area, I thought that it needed some adornment. Other artist have played with photos. When Picasso took photographs, he would embellish the prints with drawings of faces and whatever amused him.

So I drew in a face to fill the vacant area. It adds an unexpected element to an otherwise mysterious image.


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