Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Arles-sur-Tech: A lesson in perspective

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Arles-sur-Tech is a lesson in perspective.

Everywhere in Arles-sur-Tech one sees the mountains. They appear so large - so overwhelming, that one immediately changes the visual relationship. Think Merleau-Ponty, Primacy of Perception.

When I (digitally) painted the mountains in relation to the houses, the mountains filled the page (screen). But when I photographed them, the houses took over, and the mountains were in the distance.

This image is mostly photography, with a bit of drawing mixed in, but with colors totally changed, and even the perspective changed. I had to remake the photograph entirely to make it feel like the place, the real place, not the simply documented one of a photograph.

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