Early Photographic Collage Works
'Chair' Photographic Collage:
My early explorations in this photographic collage style were directly influenced by the master, David Hockney. Traditionally know for his painting, Hockney dabbled in photography and came up with this revolutionary style. He borrowed from Pablo Picasso and the Cubists of the early 20th century. His belief was that he could somehow break the century-old pattern of art, photography in particular, as always revolving around one-point perspective. He once had this to say about photography, "Photography is all right if you don't mind looking at the world from the point of view of a paralyzed cyclops - for a split second". Quite a challenging statement and I think, in hindsight, may have sparked my interest in pursuing the same goal with my photography.
This image was probably one of my first pieces that I photographed in this manner. I set the chair out in the yard and shot it from different angles. I feel it almost resembles a spider or chair with walking legs.
'Wallside' Photographic Collage:
This image was shot in York, England on a trip I made over there in the early 1990's. I believe it was in the middle of November and was rather cold, but as luck would have it, the sun was shining this day and I got this great photographic opportunity.
The entire city of York is walled and this tower I found at one of the main entrances into the city.
'Our Spot in Moki Canyon' Photographic Collage:
Lake Powell is truly a magical place. It's created by the Colorado River, which also created the Grand Canyon. It is created by the Glen Canyon damn and is second largest man-made reservoir in the United States and spans across Utah and part of Arizona.
I was fortunate to have family that had a timeshare on a houseboat. We made numerous visits and found a favorite spot in Moki Canyon. With over 3,000 miles of shoreline, I'm sure there are other favorite spots others have found, but this was surely the spot for us.
'Searide' Photographic Collage:
This image was taken in central London, England at Trafalgar Square. This is one of four fountain statues that are in the square. I don't recall the name of the statue, but I call it 'Searide'. It was also shot on the same trip I made to England in the early 90's.
'Rescue of Andromeda' Photographic Collage:
A piece that I also shot in London, England. This statue was outside the Tate Gallery where I also saw my first Italian Futurist Umberto Boccioni piece. He was known more for his painting, but I had also admired one sculpture piece of his from 1913, "Unique Forms of Continuity in Space".
Seeing this sculpture was a revelation for me. I saw the direction I wanted to take with my photographic collages. Futurism was at that moment the center of my universe. To this day, this artistic movement still stirs creative sparks in me.
'Carl at His Apartment' Photographic Collage:
This may have been more of a futuristic exploration of mine. Futurism is different from Cubism in the fact that movement is captured. In this manner, the movement captured within Futurism separates itself from Cubism and is much more dynamic in nature.
If you observe closely, my friend in this piece is not standing still. On the contrary, he is moving in the scene revealing different angles of his profile, different expressions and in my opinion is more true to his character. A single image never captures the true essence of an individual in a portrait, in my opinion.