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I took pictures of a brick wall, a green wooden fence, and a bus bench. I thought they would look good together, again with an Aaron Siskind touch. I prefer the one in black and white. I don’t know. It just looks better, I guess. It didn’t take me long to do, like maximum 15 minutes to make both, but it was fun to experiment and I like the results.

This might be my favorite triptych. I took pictures of different trees, cropped the images, changed the colors, and brought them together in this triptych. In the black and white one, I messed around with the greyscale and I “burned” the images a bit (this one could be more associated with Aaron Siskind). I didn’t change much with the color one. I only made the colors a bit more vibrant. I never knew making tryptichs could actually be so fun!

For these triptychs, I took a picture of the wall of an old duplex. I thought that, if I turned the picture of the dried leaves into black and white, it would have an Aaron SiskindĀ feel to it. I never knew how much fun photoshopping black and white images could be and how much depth it can bring to a picture. For the first picture, I simply turned the original picture to black and white. But for the second one, I played around with the greyscale and it was quite interesting what results I came up with.

For this project, I walked around Westmount, along Sherbrooke, and took pictures of what could seem like an interesting triptych.

I took a few pictures of a bike, but from different angles, and turned it into this. I thought messing with the colors (like saturating them or making them extremely vibrant) would make the triptych look nice, but I didn’t think it would’ve fit well with the assignment, which was supposed to also have an Aaron Siskind touch to it. So I made two bike triptychs: one with its original color and the other in black and white. I didn’t know which I liked best, so I’m presenting them both.

 

I have fallen in love with Photoshop. I honestly believed that pigs would fly out of Harper’s arse before I would enjoy this program, but once I started experimenting, I was hooked. Of course, I did need a lot of time, effort, and patienceĀ (and help from Brigitte! You’re the best, by the way!) to get the hang of it, but I’m starting to show some progress.

The things one can do with Photoshop is un-freaking-believable. If you want to paint, for example, there is an infinite number of colors to choose from and at least a dozen different kinds of brushes. You can make it look like watercolor or acrylic or pencil. You can crop, chop, add, erase, smudge, blur, copy, paste, etc., anything your heart desires. With Photoshop, you won’t have to spend your entire summer job savings to buy supplies for your next work. You won’t have to cut your fingers using an exacto or knives. You won’t have to start your work all over again because of an insignificant mistake. And you would also be doing Mother Nature a favor by not wasting any empty paint tubes and used brushes and an immense amount of paper.

But don’t get me wrong. I’m not saying that painting with real paints and making a collage with glue and scissor is bad. And I’m not saying that Photoshop is the greatest thing since the decision to mix chocolate into milk. I mean, there is this amazing feeling when an artist holds a brush in their hand and creates, not only a beautiful painting, but also a series of brush strokes that almost resemble a choreography. And it’s not just painting: there’s a great satisfaction and pride after a photographer spends hours in a dark room preparing his or her photographs, and the samr goes for those band-aids around your fingers after you’ve spent so much time and energy creating your poster from scratch. Yes, there is something amazing about that side of art.

But, if you’re pressed for time, money, and material, if all you’ve got is a Mac at Dawson college and an assignment due in 24 hours, then I highly suggest to use Photoshop instead.

Just don’t get addicted.