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Collage’s Competition, Part Two

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Last week, Art of RetroCollage posted a piece (“Collage’s Competition”) about entering a collage competition–the”Listener’s Challenge”–for the listeners of the public radio program Studio 360. Photographic collage artists Jerry N. Uelsmann and Maggie Taylor, the judges of the competition, had provided ten different photographic images for listeners to combine into their own collages in any way they wished; listeners could use as many or as few of the images as they liked.

The first two collages I did for the competition appeared here last week. There was just enough time before the submission deadline to compose a few more, which appear below:

The third:

Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie

Clap Hands, Here Comes Charlie (2012). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

The fourth:

The Intended

The Intended (2012). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

And the fifth collage, which has an unintentional visual pun in it. (Can you figure out what it is?)

M&W

M&W (2012). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

A follow-up post will appear here when the competition has been judged and the winner announced (The Studio 360 website did not give a specific date for this).

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Tammi @ My Organized Chaos December 4, 2012, 3:33 pm

Cool photos, yet I have no idea what they mean!!!

Eric Edelman December 4, 2012, 4:26 pm

Thanks for your comment, Tammi. In general I tend to concern myself less with what the photos mean, and more with how I feel about them. I’ve found that that approach eventually leads me to find meanings in any kind of art (whether it be my own or anyone else’s), especially if it’s abstract or surrealist.

stevebethere December 4, 2012, 3:49 pm

These are brilliant love the one in the frame heheh!

Have a good WW! and week 🙂

Eric Edelman December 4, 2012, 4:27 pm

Thanks very much, Steve! Happy WW & a good week to you as well.

Monica December 4, 2012, 5:25 pm

I see it as life’s progression?? I love them all, they’re so interesting to look at!

Eric Edelman December 4, 2012, 5:27 pm

Thanks very much, Monica–I’m glad you like them!

Monica December 4, 2012, 5:27 pm

I see the last collage as representing life’s progression. I love all of the collages, especially the bird in the suit!

Eric Edelman December 4, 2012, 5:40 pm

It’s an interesting interpretation. While I was doing the last collage, I wasn’t thinking along those lines (at least not consciously); the numbers on the men and women started out as placeholders to keep the collage’s layers (all forty of them) organized in the image-manipulation program. Instead of deleting the numbers as I finished the collage, I suddenly felt inspired to let them stand. I’m glad that I did. Thanks again for your kind words!

Sukhmandir Kaur December 4, 2012, 5:52 pm

These totally sold me on the art of collage…I can see so many applications for this skill, one of these days I have to take a class in PS.

Eric Edelman December 4, 2012, 8:17 pm

Thanks very much–that is praise indeed! If you’re interested in Photoshop, may I recommend the Visual Quickstart Guide for Photoshop CS6? It’s an excellent reference, with step-by-step diagrams, and is a fairly inexpensive resource that you can refer to repeatedly–something you can’t do with a class once it’s over. It’s available in paperback (about $27 US) or Kindle (about $15 US) editions.

You can order the book at: Paperback Visual Quickstart Guide OR: Kindle Edition Visual Quickstart Guide

Thanks again for your kind comment!

Aussiepomm December 4, 2012, 6:46 pm

Interesting… I love the way that you art, has many interpratations…

Mines up as well at AussiePomm – Mellow Yellow Caves of Vietnam!!!!

Have a great day!!

Eric Edelman December 4, 2012, 8:26 pm

Thanks very much for your visit and your kind comment!

Judy Haughton-James December 4, 2012, 7:08 pm

Interesting pictures. I like the use of nature and human beings. Thanks for hosting.

Eric Edelman December 4, 2012, 8:17 pm

Thanks, Judy!

Christy Ann December 4, 2012, 8:11 pm

These are all so cool. I just love your work! Good luck in the competition, I’d be really surprised if you didn’t win!

Eric Edelman December 4, 2012, 8:27 pm

Thanks very much, Christy Ann! I hope I do win, but the competition is pretty stiff.

Icar (My Charmed Mom) December 4, 2012, 8:45 pm

great work! the many things you can do with a collage!

Eric Edelman December 4, 2012, 11:58 pm

Thanks very much, Icar–Glad you like them!

Linda Watson December 4, 2012, 9:57 pm

Really like these. Glad I found your site.

Eric Edelman December 5, 2012, 12:10 am

Thanks very much, Linda! I’m glad you found us, and happy that you like the collages. I visited and liked your site very much. (Incidentally, I was very touched by your Thanksgiving pigeon story and wished to leave a comment, but couldn’t, because your commenting system doesn’t offer the “leave your name/URL” option; you might want to offer such an option in future.)

Faythe @ GrammyMouseTails December 4, 2012, 9:59 pm

I am far from being a judge… LOL. But I like The Intended the best. I could not figure out the pun?? I am slowly posting again & good to see you and many others are still around for the fun.

Eric Edelman December 4, 2012, 11:52 pm

Welcome back, Faythe! Good to “hear your voice” again, and are back for more fun. Glad that you like The Intended. Enjoy a great WW and rest of the week!

DrillerAA December 4, 2012, 10:46 pm

I am always amazed and amused at the originality that I find here.

Eric Edelman December 5, 2012, 12:13 am

Thanks very much! I’m glad you like the work, and I appreciate your visit. Have a terrific WW and a great week!

Diana December 5, 2012, 7:43 am

Unique and beautiful as usual, doll!

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Eric Edelman December 5, 2012, 7:10 pm

Thanks, Diana!

Kathy December 5, 2012, 10:50 am

Beautiful art!

My WW is kitchen remodeling and thick snow. Happy WW!

Eric Edelman December 5, 2012, 7:07 pm

Thank you very much, Kathy!

❤ Julie Maloney ❤ (@Momspective) December 5, 2012, 1:18 pm

Reminds me of Monty Python!

Eric Edelman December 5, 2012, 7:06 pm

Many people have said that. It’s not surprising, given that the animator Terry Gilliam (of Monty Python fame) was inspired by the work of the Dadaists and Surrealists, with its strange combinations of images. Thanks for your visit and your comment, Julie!

Tracy @ Ascending Butterfly December 5, 2012, 10:50 pm

I spot butterflies! 🙂

Eric Edelman December 5, 2012, 11:37 pm

Yes, Tracy, indeed you do! Thanks for your visit and your comment.

Leovi December 6, 2012, 4:47 am

Wonderful compositions, I like that game collages. Greetings.

Eric Edelman December 6, 2012, 5:46 pm

Thanks very much, Leovi! I love your piece this week: a wonderfully lush exploration of color and form.