Like many photographers, I’ve experimented with manipulating images to look like paintings, posters, line drawing, and other art forms.  These three came out nicely, I think. I don’t know if they are photographs anymore. I think after a sufficient amount of manipulation, it may be photography based art, but it’s no longer photography per se.

This is a marshy area along the Blackstone River. It’s a manipulated image that intentionally resembles a poster.

The roof on an old mansion not far from home.

Definitely poster style! Black-eyed Susans, one of my favorite wild flowers.

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18 replies

  1. I hope the acorns are like the weather forecasters. Say it ain’t so!


  2. Is it the Blackstone in Massachusetts?


    • Yes. The river and the valley of the same name start in the Worcester Hills in central Massachusetts. The Blackstone River Valley runs all through Massachusetts and into Rhode Island, finally into Narragansett Bay where it joins the Atlantic Ocean.


      • I know exactly where it is 🙂 Grew up in Billerica I used to haul rubbish in a huge 22 wheel rig and went to RI(Smithfield)


      • Also Plainville MA I knew the name but did not think you were near here 🙂


      • Only those who have lived here know where this is. I live in Uxbridge. People living in the Boston area are clueless. “You live where? Oxford?”


      • I live in NH but grew up in Billerica MA


        • Ah. A local kid 🙂 So the big question: will we have winter this year? Super winter? Buried until the roof collapses? Or nothing at all. At least the snow blower still works, unlike the lawn mower that recently died. The valley is usually snow central, but last year, we had dry ground all season. It was weird, but I liked it.


          • I loved mild winter too as it is my least loved season lol I see a lot of acorns so that is scary Caterpillar too 😦 maybe we will get it early again then not see much after.
            My tranny let go on plow truck so hopefully or snow blower
            still runs for the relic it is 🙂
            Sadly I can not run away to AZ this winter with almost $4 a gal gas 😦


            • I hope you are wrong. So far, we aren’t seeing the giant acorns that seem to signal a bad winter … sometimes they are so big they dent the cars when they land on them. But this IS New England … so …I guess we’ll see soon enough.


  3. Total agreement with Bob. It is amazing how beautiful the photography became when transformed into art. Black-eyed Susans is my favorite…in fact, I have a room that could house it perfectly! My husband use to do a lot of photography until everything went to digital. He hates it. Much rather have the old-fashioned camera and film. I am hoping he will get back into it but it is going to take some encouraging. Neither of us have any idea where to start with a good camera.


    • I have friends who still use film cameras. Some of them are older, many of them are younger than me. They just like film and don’t like digital. I’ve always been a computer nerd, so I’m find with digital.

      If you’d like a printable version of Black-Eyed Susans, I will see if I can make a file that is high resolution for printing, but small enough to email. The high resolution files for printing are huge. Jpeg is a compressed format, so zipping it doesn’t help. The versions I post on line are not high resolution; they would use too much space and printing them is pointless: the quality isn’t there. I’ll see what I can do. If I can get it under 3 MB, I can probably email it, if your email carrier allows that big a file. I will see what i can do. I have a big print of this one that I printed on canvas. It’s gorgeous. The colors really pop. If that doesn’t work, I can put it on a DVD and mail it snail mail.


    • I sent you a file. It’s got information for printing in it.


  4. These are beautiful examples of photographs made into art. They could be matted and framed just as they are. I see them as Postcards, posters & as part of a calendar. Great job!


    • Thanks Bob, from you, that’s quite a compliment. I did these years ago when nobody was doing this stuff and everyone hated it except me. it’s ironic that what was revolutionary 3 years ago is mainstream now. I have tons of this stuff. That no one but me liked it apparently didn’t stop me … or even slow me down!


      • Before I was a photographer I was an artist and fine arts major in college. I won a free scholarship to the Chicago Art Institute but my parents didn’t allow me to attend, thinking it wasn’t a viable way to make a living. I turned to photography instead because my “eye” for light, color & composition was a transferrable skill.


        • Funny. I started out painting also, but when I discovered photography, I never looked back. I loved cameras from the first roll of film! I wound up getting my degree in drama, triple major with Music and Social Science. None of which had much relevance to a life spent as a technical writer. The photography has always been my private passion and whenever I’ve tried to do it as a profession, I stopped enjoying it.


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