I find that viewers of photography tend to have certain expectations of images. Generally people want to see familiarity, reality, and, these days, a form of super realism that HDR and photoshop has trained us to enjoy. I’m one of these people. I’m also an artist who abhors being pinned down. I love to explore, experiment, and invent images that cannot exist in the real world. I have layers*. Thankfully, so does Photoshop!
Layers in photoshop are like sheets of acetate would be in the real world. You can stack up as many as you please and still see what’s underneath provided you haven’t covered a whole sheet of acetate with a solid image somewhere in the stack. Layers can be opaque or you can give them transparency. Images on layers can be overlays or translated into forms of light and shadow. They can be moved, resized, and transformed without affecting the original image in any way. In a word, layers are magic!
I recently joined a group that will be putting on a tree themed show for First Friday Art Walk. I do have some cool tree photos that would require little effort, but I felt a collage was in order- Layers! Ho!
*like an onion… or pie.**
**If you got this reference, we are totally buddies now.