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Homage to Monet: Impressionist Photography

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I love the impressionists for the emotions that the light, color and motion in their work evoke. I did not, however, seek to imitate them. I was on a different creative path. But as I discovered, I was following in their footsteps. Photo-impressionism grew out of my experiments using digital imaging technology to manipulate my personal photographs to serve as “digital sketches” for a series of paintings I had envisioned. But soon these “sketches” took on a life of their own.
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  • homage to monetimpressionist photographyby max singer

  • i love the impressionists for the emotions that the light, color and motion in their work evoke. i did not, however, seek to imitate them. i was on a different creative path. but as i discovered, i was following in their footsteps.

    For the last 100 years artists have used photographs as a source

    of visual informationwhat is called scrap. Artists who want to

    paint an Parisian landscape need no longer travel to France to sketch.

    They can use photos or photocopiesscrapas his or her model.

    Photo-impressionism grew out of my experiments using digital

    imaging technology to manipulate my personal photographs to serve

    as digital sketches for a series of paintings I had envisioned. But

    soon these sketches took on a life of their own.

    Artists have always been among the first to adopt new technologies.

    Leonardo was fascinated by the new science of optics. David Hockney

    argues that the emergence of perspective in Renaissance painting

  • was due to the invention of a room-sized pinhole camera called the

    camera obscura.

    Did Monet arrive at his vision, his gestalt, full-blown without

    precedent?

    Did Suerrat discover pointillism in his dreams?

    I think not.

    Most radical new ways of seeing have been preceded by the

    invention or discovery of radical new technologies.

    Likewise, the Impressionists were not quaint pastoralists. They

    were in fact availing themselves of the radical new technologies of their

    time: new discoveries in the physics of color, the invention of photography,

    lithography and halftone printing techniques.

    I like to humor myself by thinking that in some way what I am

    doing is what the Impressionists would have done if they had had the

    digital technologies at their disposal that I have at mine.

  • BeloW the WaterFall

  • seeDPoD

  • the millstream

  • the WooDs

  • in Bloom

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