I'm really having an intense time creating a new body of work called the '21st Century Protagonists Series'.
First An introduction.
The pieces each introduce a character in the modern day fury of important issues we are all dealing with today.
All of us involve ourselves in modern day issues to a different extent. But few of of are not influenced by them in one way or another.
The first two characters I have introduced deal with the Conditions of our Oceans, concerning toxins and the level of trash contaminating them and Wildfires.
There are few of us who have not visited our beaches and witnessed the trash that now regularly washes up with our tides. We are all directly effected by the quality of our water on this planet and the level of toxins in our seafood.
A large amount of the humans on this planet highly depend on the oceans for their food. The acidity and toxic levels not only effect the ocean wildlife, but create a cycle of evaporation that will then contaminate your freshwater sources.
For those of us who are lucky enough not to be directly influenced by the aftermath of a wildfire, we would be hard pressed not to feel an enormous amount of empathy for those who are. The loss of life and home is tragic.
Climate change is creating a cycle of drought that we are not yet prepared for.
Not just one of us, or one large conglomerate, can be held to blame for all of this. But together, as one entity, the human race, there is no doubt we can change this.
Humans have done much more incredible feats than keeping their planet clean and livable.
If we can create the problems, we can deal with them.
And now the artwork! And some creative process!
First! Super Diver 48 x 48"
And Some Pieces Used!
As you can see, photographing all your assets needed to create Super Diver was not all super fun. The trash bag outfit was a slight bit sweaty. And the remote trigger for the camera stopped working, so I had to try to get the positions right while holding my keyboard.
I created the white plastic bag by cutting up a larger bag and taping it back together. All the smaller bags had type and colors I didn't want.
I actually had to buy a plastic bottle of water, because I never buy any drinks that come in plastic.
The plastic fencing came from my own garden.
Add a few abstract images of colored foils and different things for the background and your ready to composite! Tons of work, but most times worth the end result of your efforts.
Next! Fire Walker 24 x 36"
And Some Pieces Used!
Fire Walker was a lot more compositing than photographing. Most of the pieces used were from my vast collection of images I've taken over the digital years.
Some are even from older cameras with few megapixels. But when your compositing many images together, they don't always have to be very large or even great!
I have learned to save all the 'Failures'. Sometimes they are the perfect piece needed in just the right spot.
Her body came from the hundreds of images I have of photographing my female sculpture for the 'House of Cards' Series.
The face came from my mixed-media piece on Censorship. A lot of adjusting in the computer was done to give her the expression I wanted.
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