To Be Or Not To Be, A Painting!

New Brighton Black & White Oil or Photograph!
New Brighton Photograph & Oil!

Photoshop revolutionized the commercial graphics industry. Together with new technology, programs like Photoshop, Illustrator, Quark and Pagemaker, made graphic production more fun and more efficient.

Great artists like Dali, Matisse and Picasso would certainly have embraced the potential of these new tools and created some interesting works.

The choice artists have today to create and output their work is incredible. They can print on Archival Photographic paper using Laser beams, output onto rigid substrates such as plywood, glass, acrylic and fuse images onto fabrics such as canvas and polyester.

The paradox is, that software engineers have designed hundreds of plugins for Photoshop, to create filters such as Pointillism, water-colour and oils. You may ask why create filters to mimic oil on canvas, even when you are going to print on paper. The answer is, that even though the result, may be a pseudo painting, the choice of substrates to output the digital rendition is limitless.

I converted this 1950’s black and white image to a pseudo oil painting, using Photoshop and then output it to a Lambda Print on crystal archival 75 year-long life paper. Some of you may think, why bother but I have both pictures on my wall at home and people who see both, are split 50/50, on which one, they prefer.

That is the wonderful aspect of art, photography etc; ‘one man’s meat is definitely another man’s poison’.

Which poison is yours? Let me know. My name is Steve Howard. You have been reading the Digital Circus.

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