I still can’t get my thoughts away from Joiners. I’ve learned a lot in the past week:
- I’m rubbish at this. I don’t have Hockney’s painterly eye. My major problem is generating the right source content rather than joining it up.
- It’s a lot of work to do this in Photoshop – analog prints on cardboard is easier!
But there are ways of automating all or some of the process in Photoshop. There’s no question that Photoshop can’t produce as good a result as a skilled human. But I’m not a particularly skilled human. And here’s the big question: Can a machine produce art?
I’ve been interested in Hockney’s exploration of photography for many years, but I’ve not given it much thought for some time. A few weeks ago I stumbled across someone on Instagram making Hockney-style joiners. It set me thinking, and experimenting. According to Hockney, joiners extend photography by capturing time – as with a painting, they are not a single image but constructed over a time sequence.
My first experiment was quite successful and revealed something else. Since a joiner is not taken from a single viewpoint the perspective is much more three dimensional than a single photograph. This is apparent when you compare a joiner with a Photoshop Merge.
After that, it all went wrong, and I have not been able to produce an image I am happy with. Today Terese volunteered to help me have another go, but when I did the merge, I obviously did something wrong in Photoshop and didn’t get the expected result. This needs more work…