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Kәm’Päzәt /Compuesto

By Steve Isaac

For the photographer, searching for the image is a daunting task and only affords a brief moment to capture the subject, which is often hidden among a variety of distractions. Often those images appear blended among a backdrop of noise—scenery, people, things that distract from the subject—the final capture being a composite of unwanted reality. The subject that inspired the photographer to focus the camera has become cluttered; leaving what sparked an interest confused and undefined…was it the dog, the bird, or the man? Often images tell a story and require nothing more than focusing and clicking the shutter, but sometimes extracting the essential subject is a worthwhile endeavor, and can be a post-processing challenge.

Photography by Steve Isaac
Sat, Aug 15, 6-8pm
Galleria Photo/Graphic
Mesones 57

For me, that challenge provides another step in photography. Using the digital darkroom I will mask, crop, layer, blend, add, paint, and subtract until what is realized becomes that which inspired me to “take the shot.” The final product becomes more than a photograph; it is a perception, distilled and brought into a new focus.

Compositing an image offers a variety of challenges: how far can I go, how far should I go, yet retain the original intention of the subject? My work in the black and white medium has appeared in publications, collections, and galleries throughout the US and Mexico.


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