Another entry in the Experimental Series, two weeks in a row? Yes, sort of. I couldn’t help myself. When I took a look at the raw images on the lightboard the first thing that came to mind was, “If I put this one over that one …” and my brain distorted every thought from that point forward.
I am, admittedly, so engrossed and passionate about the waveforms and the Experimental Series that I’m not sure I’ll ever fully leave it. I look at “normal” portraits now and think, “how boring,” even while knowing that they’re not boring at all. As time-consuming and often frustratingly difficult as these images can be to create, the creative portion of my brain has become so addicted to waveforms that I sometimes look at a scene in real life and imagine adding just a glitch of a waveform to it.
What I realized this week, however, is that I’m leaving some worthwhile portraits hidden along the way. Before a waveform can be applied, I have to first fully process an image in the “normal” fashion. Most of the time, I save that portrait image and set it aside. I might give a copy to the model, but outside that option they don’t see the light of day.
This week, at least for this particular set, I’ve decided to change that, partly because the Duality set is the most complicated group of images we’ve created yet. Each one took several hours to create and this time instead of there being one portrait left to the side, there are two, different photos from the same look, required to create the final piece.
Here’s the question: does seeing the pieces, the portraits, change one’s impression and/or opinion of the final work? I can’t even honestly compare it to looking through a painter’s sketchbook and comparing the drawing to the final work because the portraits are also final works. Is the final piece greater than the sum of its parts, or are the parts a distraction from the whole?
Everyone is going to have their own opinion, of course, and that’s part of what makes art poignant. We each see the same picture but interpret it differently based on everything else we’ve seen, heard, and experienced. What I want you to understand is that along the journey to Duality, and every other work in the Experimental Series, there is a finished work or two within the art. The layers of creativity are many.
Take a look up close if you can, examine the intricacies of the final pieces. Click on a thumbnail to view the series full screen. Our thanks to Kayla for taking time from her busy schedule to pose for us!