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Shadow Box Collage Works

'Window on Park Street' Photographic Collage:

Window on Park St. | Ft. Collins, Colorado | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

This collage was created from an actual circular window. I oftentimes get asked that question, so I thought I'd clear that up right away.

This group of images, as noted before, were created with small contact sheet images. That means that each image is exactly the size of a 35mm negative. Hence, the following collages were not as large as my previous ones.


'Tree' Photographic Collage:

Tree | Ft. Collins, Colorado | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

The collage of this tree was shot on the Colorado State University campus. In the background, the Lory Student Center can be seen. It is a winter scene early in the morning and this accounts for the lack of leaves on the trees and lack of students walking around.

The shadow boxes I created for this group of collages I custom made over the course of maybe 2 consecutive evenings. I distinctly remember my roommates at the time saying good night to me as I was working on the creation of these shadow boxes and then saying good morning as I was still working on these. Oh the days of all-nighters!


'229 Park Street' Photographic Collage:

229 Park St. | Ft. Collins, Colorado | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

The house I lived in during college was the one depicted in this collage piece. I lived in the place with 3 roommates for 2 years. We had the lower levels of the house while the upper level was always rented out.

On this collage I also included a very Hockney-esque inclusion of my feet. David Hockney also frequently did this in his so-called 'joiners'.


'Front Door' Photographic Collage:

Front Door | Ft. Collins, Colorado | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

The front door of our rented house on Park St. in Fort Collins, Colorado. I'm oftentimes told that this collage resembles a coffin and I would agree that the shape does suggest that, but it was unintentional, promise.

These shadow boxes were very unique in the fact that they created, when lit correctly, a very superb drop shadow behind the images. I floated the images about half-way into the roughly four-inch deep shadow boxes. As you will later see, this may have sparked my interest in creating custom Photoshop drop shadows later for my collage work.


'Back Door' Photographic Collage:

Back Door | Ft. Collins, Colorado | Photographic Collage Thumbnail | ©Chris J. Politzki

The back door at our place. Whereas I created the front door collage with a sliver of the porch being shown, I panned down to show more of the steps leading into the house.

This body of work, if I remember correctly, centered around my being restricted to the life of being a student and having no freedom to travel like I had done the previous summer. I was looking at windows, doors ad structures as devices holding me back from doing what I really wanted to be doing and that was traveling abroad.


Early Collages | Later Collages | Transparency Collages