I discovered scanner photography as most scanner artists have, which is completely by accident. It happened in a moment. I put a feather on the scanner and was captivated. Almost a decade later I have created thousands of images. At first everything seemed new and fascinating. However, we must fall out of love with our work and begin to look at it with a critical eye. That is when I began to create art. Years of work has created a unique style and look.
I love color. Scanner artists often use the default black background, which is simply no background. Nothing is reflected back to the image sensors. Sometimes this is a great background. However, creating scanner images with colors and careful composition is a rewarding challenge. Everything done with these images was an experiment. There are no classes. I really don’t know what this graphic art form can ultimately achieve. I feel very lucky to be creative and express myself in an original art form. I have borrowed elements from photography and painting. Scanner art is as much Photoshop art as photography art.
Photoshop is an integral part of my graphic art. I am still learning and experimenting with the almost infinite possibilities of Photoshop. I work down to the pixel level. Specific tool sizes are set at 3 to 5 pixel widths for fine work. Photoshop allows graphic detail beneath the human eyes ability to see. This creates images which can appear seamless and real. When printed, images becomes nearly flawless.
I want the rawness of nature to show though. Leaves are often decaying, broken, or flawed. I use dirt and sticks and stones directly on the glass of the scanner. Perhaps the greatest trick is to create a natural looking image with purposeful composition.
Art and life are inseparable. Art expresses what we find important. It is an amazing world we live on. The earth is bursting with life. Subject material is everywhere. If you walk out into the yard and can’t find something worth a close look, you aren’t really looking. Scanner photography is strangely organic. It is about getting down on your knees and looking. Get a little dirt under your fingernails.
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Robert Louis Fleming