Archived Projects: Painted Photography
When I first started this project, my original concept was to use my photographs as a “paint by numbers” way of digitally painting over the entire photo. I was hoping I could use this method in order to relate to my two younger sons who enjoy painting quite a bit and are surprisingly good at it. However, in the first two images, this concept was lost in translation because I apparently was “too good” at painting the photos. Upon inspecting the concept more deeply, I realized that the photos and paintings should be combined in such a way to show both aspects. By doing so, I was able to compare the two mediums visually as one image. My project relates painting and photography as their own mediums, bringing into question the pros and cons for each medium. By digitally “painting” the photos, I am able to evaluate the two mediums as a whole. While photography is able to maintain more factual and detailed representations of an object, paintings offer much more physical texture and (sometimes) movement throughout the canvas. Additionally, I am able to pay homage to the history of both mediums. Paintings have a much older history than photography, but photographs were/are used to help painters as well. Combining the two mediums represents their working relationship together.