Although a contemporary photographer, Jerry N. Uelsmann’s artistry and talent lie in his traditionalism. A leader in photomontage, the process of joining two images together to make a new photograph, Uselmann introduces his work in black and white with a metaphysical interpretation.
Up until the mid twentieth century, the main purpose of photography was to record history prompting Uelsmann’s work to be initially negatively critiqued. Eventually Uelsmann’s marriage between the organic and artificial became widely love and recognized for its uniqueness. His work is created by fabricating composite photographs with various negatives and extensive darkroom work. Featuring familiar places with untorhodox elements, such as eyes on walls, windows on trees or shrubbery on the artificial, Uelsmann’s technique has remained untouched by technology and digital art.
“Sorrow prepares you for joy. It violently sweeps everything out of your
house, so that new joy can find space to enter. It shakes the yellow
leaves from the bough of your heart, so that fresh, green leaves can
grow in their place. It pulls up the rotten roots, so that new roots
hidden beneath have room to grow. Whatever sorrow shakes from your
heart, far better things will take their place.”