When photographing buildings and scenes it’s common for me to take the pic, and if needed, adjust the framing a bit, than take the shot again.
Recently I played with some of these pairs of images and found that the combination of the two images gets closer to what I was feeling about the scene. Buenos Aires is an amazing city with weirdly psychedelic architectural dimensions and juxtapositions every where. I love wandering around the city with a camera and finding all these fractal scenes.
This is a quick mashup I did of two photos. One, an electrical box with La Cámpora’s “Eternestor” flyers, and two, Verónica wearing the cyber-nerd goggles and mouth-piece.
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…
sketch for hyper-dimensional architectural intervention at abasto shopping mall / buenos aires.
The sketch is a montage of the original photo – a snapshot – , plus two additional copies set at a lower opacity and distorted into shape to create the effect of a chaotic cascading shape to the architectural canopy and shopping mall infrastructure. The duplication also suggests that there are 4 or 5 stories – each with mezzanines – whereas the original only has two stories visible. The circular handrail in the foregound has also been copied, enlarged and duplicated and set at a lower oppocity to give the effect of a kind of futuristic energy or holographic installation.
I put “Gibson” in the title to suggest the effect of cyber-enhanced vision, which seems to be present in most of his books; some kind of future where we see shifting, translucent or transparent overlays of data or other structures superimposed over the world we see with our own eyes. It’s very easy to imagine this type of technology experience to be deployed in shopping mall, since the virtual and seductive are pursued to the utmost.
Ana Volonté, artist and archivist, prepares a tripple-decker “Devil’s Cake” – Torta del Diablo – in the street-facing exhibition space “El Vidrio” at DocumentA/Escénicas, a fine art space and publishing house in Córdoba, Argentina.
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Recently I rented “La Sonambula”, an Argentine Sci-Fi flick from the late 90’s starring Eusebio Poncela. The film is a bit of a bore, and wants to be bigger and better than it really is, but in reality it has some amazing images all throughout.
I discovered that the flatscreen TV has a function for ripping jpgs directly on to a usb pendrive, so I pulled a few frames from La Sonambula and started mashing them up with photos I took recently in Buenos Aires.
See the full set on flickr.
I’ve noticed quite a few jet-black fashion mannequins in Córdoba, a city with loads of women’s (and men’s) fashion boutiques. Above is one of the best images from a recent set I photographed near the Buen Pastor area in downtown Córdoba.
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