Interpretive: mixing photorealism and abstraction
Mixing photorealism and abstraction, using only the scene's elements, is very exciting to me. I can juxtapose the image to itself. It allows me to express new interpretations of the scene's meaning. It helps expand the meaning of a scene into something more significant than what is contained in a mere photorealism perception of the scene.
Borrowing from Minor White, the scene can convey what it is and what else it is: what it is literally, and what it is metaphorically. It can be what it is and its metaphor all in the same time and space.
In Pontiac Hood Ornament I'm using abstraction to convey the sense of modernness, motion, speed, action, and attractiveness. I think that those characteristics are what a hood ornament was intended to convey by its designer (circa 1950). I have to abstract-in a look that communicates those half-century old hood ornament design goals to a modern eye. But I'm keeping enough photorealism so that the viewer knows its a real hood ornament.
Start the before & after slide show to see my decisions:
Pontiac Hood Ornament is part of the gallery The Drama of Car Culture.
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