Thomas Jackson has been adding to his ongoing ‘Emergent Behavior’ series in which he photographs airborne swarms of common objects such as Post-It notes, cheese balls, glow sticks, leaves and plates in environments where you would least expect them.
Even though the images are obviously manipulated Jackson only uses Photoshop to remove existing objects he doesn’t want to be there. In other words he wants his images to be as ‘natural as possible.
Here’s what he has to say about his process:
I have struggled with the role of Photoshop in my work. I can’t make my images without it, yet I don’t really want it to be an integral part of my creative process. So I’ve set up some rules of the road for myself, and I’ve stuck to them while creating all my recent images. Basically I want the images to be as “in camera” as possible, so instead of employing PS to composite or more things around, I simply use it to remove elements I don’t want to be there. The sculpture in this image (175 glow sticks attached to a wire armature) is real, and it was photographed on the beach in Greenport, NY. I simply used PS to remove the support that was holding the thing up, and to make a few other minor tweaks. So on the spectrum between “retouched image” and “real time image”, I’ve strived to make it closer to the latter.
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