© 2008, revised February, 2015 Darrell Taylor All
image above is a digital "collage" of several hundred individual
pictures and picture fragments. I spent about four months in 2008 constructing
it in Photoshop CS3. The original image file weighs in at over 1.6
gigabytes--25,920 pixels wide, by 7,050 pixels in height. Printed
at 300 dpi, the picture is over seven feet wide. I have reduced
the size somewhat for web display.
first starting making these "surreallegories" in imaging
software then available in the early '90s, and my first website in
1995 included several that I had constructed a few pixels at a time pre-Photoshop.
Today's imaging software and storage capacities make working with
much larger images feasible. A large-format Epson roll-paper printer completes my tool set. I do not consider this as photography, but as painting with appropriated images as my medium.
picture is a salute to New York City by way of Fritz Lang and Google.
Though I took a majority of the photos used in the collage, many were
purloined from the web, and "quoted" here (that is resized,
distorted to fit, recolored, reversed, and in other ways violated)
to flesh out an image from my memories and imagination of the Big
Apple. The zoom option will yield access to a NY that never was--celebrities, musicians and artists, hidden friends, impossible
geographical juxtapositions, a surreal infrastructure to support the
surface dramas, fashionistas, and other evocations of the city that
never sleeps. The class divisions and exploitative relationships portrayed in Lang's classic "Metropolis" are everywhere in evidence here, and a full exploration will take a while.
This version is a revision from February, 2015, to include a parallel theme from Batman, whose "Gotham" is similarly linked to New York City in pop cultural mythology. Donald Trump is cast as the Joker, with W.F. Buckley as the Riddler. I made the revisions well before knowing that this was to be the year that Donald Trump emerged as a media star in his presidential run on the national stage. The work is currently on exhibit at the Gallery of the University of New England in Portland, Maine, in a large photography exhibit curated by Steve Halpert: "Tale of Three Cities: Paris, New York, and Portland." Ironies abound.
© 2008 - Darrell Taylor