For this I am moving into the realm of photomanipulation. I wanted to play with the ideas expressed in my mountain range painting except this time, put a different, more into-the-subconcsious feeling into it. When I first began gathering ideas, I wanted to look into triangulation and how I could incorporate that into my photos (“Futurized Fears” by Iulian Balinisteanu). I also wanted to try out overlays of low contrast and achieve the effect that is seen in “Imperfect Balance” by Ursuleanu Daniel. Finally, I found the work of Aileen Wessely titled “Geometry Meets Landscape.” When I saw it, I knew that this technique was the one that I wanted to develop in this project. It was the concept of using the photo itself to enhance its interest without any additional factors that truly intrigued me. Wessely flips, twists, and manipulates sections of a photo to turn it from an average photo into a fantastic piece of modern art. Through this technique, the photos jump back and forth between seeming normal yet having something interestingly off about it.
Of course, with my own work, I wanted to put my own twist into it. So, I decided to work completely in grayscale and aimed to evoke a strong sense of subconscious and surrealistic exploration within all three pieces.
Here are the three pieces shown before-and-after: