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Thursday, June 14, 2007

Extreme Image Makeovers

I am swamped today (who isn't?) with a thousand things to do and no free time. In these types of situations I do the only logical thing and - what else - take a break and play for a few minutes. Keeps me sane and sometimes even helps get the creativity flowing for the "real" work.

I decided to do a little exercise around the "one man's trash is another man's treasure" theory, so I picked 2 random images [and when I say random I mean the kind of random where people ask me 'why in the world are you taking a photo of that??'] and thought I'd see if I could turn them into something I'd hang on my own walls. The first image in each group - and hopefully this is apparent or I've failed miserably - is the 'before' image.

Here's the first series. I've tried to make the 'after' image convey a bit more of a vintage contemporary feel with a dash of nostalgia thrown in.

And here's the 2nd set. By now you're probably thinking, "Wow, Matt- a lawn mower, some tall grass and a run down house? And now old rusted barrels in a vacant parking lot? Could it get any more exciting?" Hey, this is my exercise... feel free to do this yourself, Picasso, and use something a little more interesting. Besides, taking a seemingly mundane and often overlooked scene and making it into something interesting to look at makes the challenge that much more fun.

So, I think the takeaway from this exercise is that art really is all around us. All you have to do is look for it.

Okay, back to the stuff that might actually bring in some income.

1 comment:

Trinity Taylor Tackett said...

You never cease to make me laugh with your little comments. Thanks for adding a little lightness to my otherwise heavy day. :-)