Bingo stunts and floating thoughts: 2 examples of modern photography that use old-school sensibilities. Think these were made using Photoshop? Think again!
To say that Photoshop has revolutionized the photo industry is no exaggeration. It has made post production a thousand times easier, giving even amateur photographers the tools to turn their images into veritable works of art. I’ve been using it to transform my regular photos into abstract ones, so much so that you can’t even recognize the original image, like this:
Photoshop can sometimes be a crutch, though. For some photographers, setting up a scene to look exactly the way you want it to be is best done with little to no help from an image editing program. Here’s a look at two examples.
Bingo mascots walk on water.
Apparently, online bingo is a cutthroat industry in the UK. You have to go big to get noticed, so it’s no wonder that some companies are willing to spend millions of pounds on marketing campaigns. When Gaming Realms debuted their new online bingo site Bingogodz last year, they decided to go as big as possible by setting up a water walking PR stunt at the Liverpool Canal. This shoot would have been fun to watch.
There’s nothing miraculous here, of course. Gaming Realms brought on UK-based firm Marcus Mays Productions to oversee the production. Since the stunt was shot live, image editing was largely limited to post-production work. The result is a great example of something that is becoming more commonly seen in the photo and design industry: an actual live shoot where the end result has all the trappings of a computer-rendered image. It’s kind of weird to make a live shot look computer generated… I wonder if maybe I could reverse engineer my abstract work and come up with a something realistic? 😉
Thoughts surround us.
French photographer Cerise Doucède is another photographer who takes pictures that look like they were run through an image editor but in fact weren’t. Her photos capture the essence of the daydreamer, leveraging objects suspended in midair to give viewers a glimpse into the minds of her subjects. In one photo, apples floats around a farm wife peeling apples in a kitchen. In another, an artist is surrounded by the tools of her trade. Check out a few of these cool art pieces.
Again, there’s no heavy Photoshopping involved in this particular collection. Each floating object is suspended using a thin piece of string, some of which can clearly be seen in the photos above. Setting up the scenes alone takes up to three days. With Photoshop, making one image would probably take only a few hours, but where’s the fun in that?
I think I’ve fallen into a rut creating art so swiftly using my photos and iPhone apps and Photoshop. I do love what I’ve created, and the surprises I get when something turns out really cool. But I miss the joy of creating with my hands, be it painting, sculpting, drawing or collaging. I think it’s time to get back to my roots and get physical!
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