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Collage’s Young Man with a Twist

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In previous posts, I have written about the tactile, sensory richness of collages made from images pasted on paper. In moving from this physical form of collage to a digital form, I have lost much of this richness.

However, while I have regretted the loss of the direct sense of touch in physical collage, I have enjoyed exploring and enhancing image elements through the medium of digital collage. It has offered me the chance to discover creative possibilities not easily possible through direct physical collage.

Below are a source image from a nineteenth-century photograph and two of the many ways to reinterpret that image.

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Portrait from a cabinet-card photograph of the 1880’s.

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Twisted Young Man (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

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Mirror of the Interior (2013). Digital collage created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.

(All artwork, descriptions, & other text created & copyright © by Eric Edelman. All rights reserved.)

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Alissa Apel September 24, 2013, 8:01 pm

I like the repetition of the 2nd image!

Eric Edelman October 1, 2013, 5:00 am

Thank you very much, Alissa!

Joyce September 24, 2013, 8:48 pm

It’s interesting to see what can be done with an old photo.

Eric Edelman October 1, 2013, 4:59 am

There’s almost no limit to what can be done with old photographs. Thanks very much for your comment, Joyce!

DrillerAA September 24, 2013, 9:11 pm

I am always pleasantly surprised by the creativity here. Love the second image. Happy WW.

Eric Edelman October 1, 2013, 4:58 am

Thank you very much—I’m glad you liked the collage!

Daryl September 25, 2013, 5:11 am

love this, its very interesting … in a way its what i try to do with plugin effects/actions but way better

Eric Edelman October 1, 2013, 4:57 am

Thanks very much, Daryl…I appreciate your kind comment!

Ayisha September 29, 2013, 2:13 am

Wow so nice man looking so fantastic !!

Eric Edelman October 1, 2013, 4:56 am

Thank you very much, Ayisha!

Pearl October 31, 2013, 8:32 am

I suppose one could go back and forth, physical material and digital torque. I’ve wanted to throw origami folds and scanners into the mix of digital image manipulation.

Eric Edelman November 1, 2013, 12:28 am

Absolutely. I think that that is a great notion. Some of the art I’ve posted on the Art of RetroCollage blog—especially at the beginning—originated as kirigami patterns folded and cut by hand, scanned into the computer, and colorized with photo-manipulation software. And before that point, I was creating digital collages and incorporating them into found-object sculpture.

Thanks very much for your thoughtful comment, Pearl!

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