Recently I have had a interest into warships. One of the things that I came across was Operation Crossroads.
Operation Crossroads was an experimental nuclear weapons test in 1946 conducted by the United States on its own obsolete or captured warships. The results were probably as you would expect from a nuclear bomb.
Some or most of these ships would have had to participate during World War 2, some were renowned and had quite distinctive service histories.
I found it a strange thought that these huge ships, full of lively serving sailors, some who might’ve called it their home only a few years ago, was empty save for a test animals at the time of the test.
What I did was put in past photographs of some of the warships that were used in the test overlooking the second and final bomb used during Crossroads.
In a way, ships feel like they have a life of their own since this was their final destination.
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This work of art, titled “Withered Away” depicts the icon of the technology industry, Steve Jobs in various states of visualizations. This is the most expensive art project I have done because what I did here was use a copy printer. First, I found a good quality picture of Jobs and then printed it out, which is that you see in the first row starting at the upper left corner. Then I took this original image and used the printer’s scanner to scan the original image and print out the copy. As you have already most likely guessed, the next image did not turn out to be of matching quality to its predecessor. I did this repetition until I got twenty picture of consequently decreasing quality. Then I digitized the copies with another scanner from a better quality printer and sent the files to my laptop. I cropped the scanned images in Photoshop and put together the square of twenty scans. Of course, I had to then edit the whole picture but here is how it looks without any editing:
I called this work “Withered Away” because it is supposed to represent Steve Jobs during the last years of his life before he died of cancer. The deterioration of the image or scan represents the destruction that Job’s cancer had imposed on him. The colors represent the different phases of his life, since we all have them to a degree.
This is my variations project, I decided to take this approach in response to my interest and fascination with candid photography. I had some images stored in my SD card from 2 years ago and found some interesting ones which were feasible in regards to manipulation and its overall style. I decided to add a nebula image to emotions towards music. This was an interesting project and a new experience for me considering I have no experience with Photoshop. I hope to gain experience and compare future work to pieces such as this and understand other directions I could’ve gone.
I am really lucky that I have taken both of these art courses: 201 and 110S, because that things learned from one class really helped a lot with the other class’s projects. And that is exactly how I figured out how I wanted to create my variations.
(I don’t know where that blue line comes from >^<.)
As it is shown, I tried to create the variations in multiple ways. Although it turned out to look a little bit creepy to me at first, I felt fairly pleasant with the outcome. If I were more familiar with Photoshop, I would definitely be able to create a much better effect.
It was not hard to use the blending tools at all, but it truly is a tool that takes some time to use — there are a lot of decisions to make such as choosing the type I liked most and making adjusments like opacity and so on…
I spent most of my time "getting rid of the background" with "magic select tools"(?) and it was exhausting to focus focus focus on all the details — driving me crazy!!!!
Also how could all those layers be that easily to mess up?!!! OvO
In all, still very fun project! (Last, I need to specifically thanks Andy for all the help!!!!)
【After critique】 I think I will definitely try those great ideas from my brilliant classmates and professor XD such as that I can make the right half of the background red or black, and that it will look better if I make my right hand not that flat and so on~