A Man and His Generations

I have been itching to create something new and different that I have never done before. I needed a break from my typical post process of selecting images, editing them, and uploading them. Here is a little back story of how I came up with this idea of creating an abstract image with a “painterly” feel entitled, “A Man and His Generations.” It all started with a picture of my grandfather who passed away when I was a baby. I remembered that my brother, who is a painter, decided one time to paint a portrait of me. During the process he realized that our features lined up and he said he felt like he was painting himself. Plus I knew most of us in the family had the “Sheldon nose.” Recently when I saw an image of my grandfather when he was in his twenties and in the servie, I got the idea of taking all of the male, blood line generations after him and overlaying ourselves on top of his image in a very quick and abstract way to see what would result of it. The image consists of faces from: me, my dad, uncle, brother, cousins, and nephews. It also includes our clothes with some of them being from more memorable times such as weddings, graduation, armed service, and more. It was very enjoyable to create and really neat to see how our family features lined up even when our heads were askew to the original image. I did it very quickly and somewhat sloppy to obtain an abstract image almost like a painting. I thought the final image came out pretty cool, but I thought the process might be even cooler, so I decided to record every step of me creating the image and then condensing it and speeding it up to produce a video of the entire process. Below is the original and final image and the creation process of it.

2 responses

  1. Love it, Josh! Great concept, interesting process, beautiful execution.

    January 16, 2012 at 8:57 am

  2. Thanks Dave,
    I really enjoyed doing this. It almost reminds me of a Francis Bacon painting or something of the nature.

    January 16, 2012 at 9:51 am

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