In the last few years I’ve been traveling, the only camera I’ve taken with me is a point-and-shoot starting with a hit-or-miss Kodak digital camera then to a Cybershot, which served me well until I started taken on-site travel photos. This means, I have a good number of wasted shots and what could have been a real nice photo had I been able to adjust the settings, or had the camera been fast enough.
Last week, I started rummaging through old photo files and experimented with “fixing” these fail shots. Some are just real bad you can barely see anything in it due to low lighting indoors. The first attempt was a faux psychedelic photo inside New York City’s beer paradise called Ginger Man, with extremely saturated and distorted colors to create the pixelized image. Then I found a quaint moped-by-the-wall shot of a side street in Kyoto which I cropped to remove the over-exposed corners and layered with warm filters, resulting in an unexpected nostalgic feel.
Today, I found a pixelized image of Pontocho by the Kamogawa River, well-preserved wooden architecture originating as the narrow cobblestone alley in the 16th century. Currently, it continues to serve as home to geisha and traditional tea houses of Kyoto next to nearby Gion.
For the first time, I’m experimenting with the art filters to totally alter the image. Instead of fixing it to look like a better photo, what better way to play with the flaws of my image than to turn it into a completely new form of artwork using technology as its brush and palette?