Sketch for virtual idols (windowfront) – the mix is two different photos. the first is a toy store window in the Boedo district of Buenos Aires, the second is Breana Baker, a model I photographed in Portland Oregon, USA.
The background has five different versions of the same photo: (1) the shop front as a whole (2,3,4,5) the shop front copied, pasted and “distorted” manually in photoshop to fit over each of the uniquely-shaped quadrants of the original photo. There you have a visual play with the concept of the hologram, where each part contains the whole. Each holographic copy of the whole photo is also set to an opacity of roughly 50%, thereby allowing the underlying elements unique to each quadrant to coexist visually with the micro-holon.
The images of Breana are also custom-fit to the two principle quadrants using the distort tool in photoshop. The opacity for these elements is also roughly 40-50%. I also made a copy of the face of the nearest version of Briana, made it smaller and “in the background” to give the additional impression of a holographic projection. I changed the colors of her dress dress, skin tones and hair to green, blue and white precisely to give the effect of a virtual, perhaps cybernetic idol.
My girlfriend commented that this series looks very “Blade Runner” and I agree, however I’m also very influenced by the look of certain urban/futuristic anime films such as Akira, Appleseed, Ghost in the Shell, and of course, the books of Willam Gibson and other sci fi authors. I love the visual field of a nocturnal shopping district dedicated to phantasy, electronics, vice, toys, information etc…