digitally altered images


Japan turns the Islamic State hostage video into subversive meme 

As Americans well know, haunting images of a country’s citizens held at gunpoint thousands of miles from home fosters a climate of fear and a thirst for vengeance, but the Japanese are reacting to the kidnappings in a different fashion: They’re making memes. Pictures are popping up on social media with digitally altered images of the IS captors and hostages placed in silly situations or switched with characters from anime and sci-fi objects like light sabers. 

I’ve been on Tumblr, Twitter and Instagram for awhile now and I’ve looked at more photo’s than I could possibly remember.  It seems that digitally altered images are now the norm so I thought I’d try my hand.  Here’s a shot of Lake Superior that I took last fall with a shot of the moon I took during the last “blood moon” with some photoshop stars thrown in for good measure.  Is this still art?

Slide Show: Craig Creek, Craig County, Virginia, October 1977.

Kodachrome 64 slide film.

Of the hundreds of rolls of film I sent to the Kodak lab for processing in the 1970s, only one came back with an apologetic note that began, “Due to an unfortunate laboratory mishap…” But in a time when there were no quick digital means of altering images I was pleased with the otherworldly colors rendered by the chemical mix-up. Even so, I am glad the damaged roll was from a walk in the autumn woods, and not shots of a zeppelin bursting into flames or Jesus returning in the clouds or a toddler being rescued from a well.