The Birth of Paintography
Back in the late 19th century, world renowned painters were quite upset with the invention of the camera. You see, this object could produce a far more realistic image and do it in significantly less time. Out of this, modern art was born as painters would begin to re-imagine their craft.
One of the most popular forms of modern art is impressionism. While there are many styles of impressionism, this art style seeks to focus more on brush strokes that might speak through color, movement, and give a beautiful impression of the artist’s subject.
Unfortunately, technology is again imposing on the turf of the artist as software is now capable of taking a common photograph and turning it into an impressionist-styled, dare I say work of art?
This is a photograph that I shot on our recent trip to New York City. My original photograph is really no different than millions of others captured on a beautiful sunny day on Liberty Island. The difference with my photograph is that I manipulated the photograph, with photographic software, to produce this impressionist-styled photograph that is starting to become known as “paintography”.
As one who is a nut about color, I am attracted to this medium as color is brought front and center while still allowing the viewer to appreciate, and be moved by the subject.
What do you think? Do you like this example of paintography?
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