While we’re all for using cutting edge technology here on The Creators Project, sometimes it pays to do things the old fashioned way. So rather than use new technologies for the sake of it, photographer Jessica Eaton instead prefers to use the more painstaking method of producing all her photographic illusions in-camera—and the results are stunning. In this Photoshopped world, where illusion and reality blur into doctored simulacra, she turns the notion of digital manipulation on its head, producing images that look like they’ve been digitally altered, but haven’t. Instead, Eaton uses such antiquated and crazy techniques as color separation filters, multiple exposures, pinhole photography, ping pong balls, dark slides and in-camera masking, building the images on sheets of 4×5 film. Producing abstract and colorful pictures that explore optics, color, form, and illusion, influenced by the geometric art of Sol LeWitt.
Although the images aren’t altered afterwards in graphics editing software, she does sketch her ideas on a computer to make sure the components of the image fit together nicely before she does the final version on film. So technology’s used, albeit in a reverse function to what we’re used to. And some of her work, like the top two images below, appropriate the digital aesthetic—becoming analog versions of the pixel, taking the essential building block of the virtual realm and transposing it onto the real world, breaking it up into an ill-fitting collage of squares.
But, more than anything, they’re just really fantastic looking images.
[via Triangulation Blog]