Fractal

Fractal images fascinate me as a way to create design pattern by applying and repeating a formula. It is like organically growing structure reminiscent of natural organisms such as trees with roots, trunk, branches and leaves from basic design element, to complex  unique structures. It is possible to clone these structures but also endlessly modify the growth, creating infinite  patterns. 

Red Butte Rocks

The landscape of Red Butte has always been inspiration for me. The contrast of its rusty red ground and rocks with all shades of green create stunning visual contrast. The textures of rocks and grasses complement and blend with each other. It is one of my most favorite landscapes to photograph and use to create composite images of. This image is one of the few that I have been able to completely close all the gaps in the ground to create closed circular landscape. I am also pleased with the light effect and contrast between the highlights and shadow areas in the image. 

Martin Bio

I am photographer and intermedia artist. My work expands between digital photography and intermedia installation. In my work I am interested in the intersection of arts and technology, combining traditional and new media.

 

My most recent work in photography focuses on work with digital media, expanding on the use of more traditional, analog based work. The tools I use in my work force and inform my esthetics. My images are partially a result of the devices I use in creating them.  I started taking photographs with analog camera and developing film, later I was fascinated with pinhole photography and hand coating paper with chemicals to create truly one of a kind images, recently I begun to explore digital tools in generating digitally manipulated images. 

 

My work is informed by many components, both conscious and subconscious. The conscious components that I see in my work are the type of tools I use and the technique I employ to achieve the desired effect.  With digital tools I can manipulate the landscape to create a distinct point of view using digital hardware and software. There are also unconscious decisions that show up in my work that I may not immediately recognize and effect. They will become obvious as I step back and look with some space on the body of work. My subject matter often changes based on interests related to my personal circumstance.  Early I was interested in figurative work and self-portrait, followed by constructed, somewhat mechanical installation. Recently I have found interest in landscape imagery.  My work allows me to explore new life situations and learn from them. As an immigrant I am constantly moving and relocating, photographing landscape allows me to connect with a specific place through careful observation and forging my intimate view of it. 

 

In my circular landscape photographs I am manipulating succession of images to create intimate, unified view of a scene. In my opinion they are like worlds on to them selves, secluded and removed floating in space.  They are mapped collection of individual images that have been digitally stitched and merged together and then manipulated to create distinct point of view often from angle that is impossible though traditional methods. It is unrealistic to look and see landscape in this way, but in the digital world we can view our environment though ways we would not see by any other means. 

Over and Under

I have revisited images I took last February to create a new composite. Having the distance from when the images were taken to when I completed the work helped reimagine a different point of view on the scene, creating dynamic composition and  adding new landscape to my collection of circular images. 

The title of this image is Over and Under, expressing the landscape visually turning on it self, inverting and drawing the view inwards and outwards at the same time. 

Circular

Circular is digitally generated image portfolio  using variety of commercial software applications to create digitally composite images.I am fascinated with digital technology ability to analyze number of sequential images for identical data points and using those create seamless composite. As a tool it provides function that would be difficult  for human or traditional camera easy and effectively.  With these images I like to explore the potential  of this technology to create images that can be created only through the means of breaking abd recomposing individual pixels to make alternate reality. Using number of individual images and compositing them together with digital tools we can create alternative view, one we are not able to see and experience without the help of digital tools.  Digital composition software is able to analyze images creating bit maps that can be stitched and recomposed creating surprising perspective.

 

 

Media: Digitally processed images, inkjet prints.

Dimensions: 20"x20"

 

 

Doppelganger

The multiple exposure in these images allowed me to create the illusions of my self interacting with my self. Using pinhole camera I was able to stage and pose my self for several minutes to take an exposure and repeat this process again, thus creating multiples of my self in one image. The work has overall melodramatic feeling representing the theatrical character of the images, playing varies roles, engaging in intro-personal game with my self. 

Using pinhole camera is a great tool to explore early photographic technology creating multiple images. Even though digital technology is able to make the process easier,  the process using this "early" technology was important getting the archaic feeling. For me technology is a tool to make expressive work be it the newest digital tool or its predecessor, pinhole camera. 

Dimensions and Media: Variable; from 12"X12" printed as Gum dichromate print on watercolor paper 
 36"x36" printed on traditional albumen coated paper and 24"x24" as digital print.  

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