Weekly Photo Challenge: Art Imitates Life


I have searched through my back catalogue of photographs and managed to find absolutely nothing that I could use. Maybe I just don’t have any imagination. Then I had another thought. Why don’t I just twist everything around and create some art imitating life.

Carnival Queen

Everything you see in this weeks post originally started life as a photograph shot at the Weston-super-Mare Carnival several years back. But then I decided to have a little play in Photoshop with some of my favourite plugins

Scarecrows

“They . . . asked me:
“‘How do you make your pictures?’ I was puzzled . . .
“I said, ‘I don’t know, it’s not important.’ – Henri Cartier-Bresson

Pirate

It’s been a while since I did anything like this. I’d forgotten how much fun it can be to just do something different and it makes a change from trying to master those pesky Luminosity Masks.

Doctor Evil

Photoshop is useful in many ways but must NEVER be used for the altering of photographs. My assistants and my agency do whatever Photoshop work for me that may be required as it is too complicated for my brain. – Elliott Erwitt

The Clown
I’ve always liked the one above, notice I don’t call it a photograph because it no longer is. I don’t know what you would call it now. Any suggestions?

The Red Hood

…painting is something you do. You make a painting. You don’t make a photograph. You see a photograph. Photography is seeing only, you see it, you release the shutter, you use your aperture, your machine and once you’ve seen it, that’s it. It’s done. – Jurgen Schadeberg

The Mask
That wraps it up for this week, I hope you enjoyed the artwork? Here’s what other bloggers are saying about this weeks challenge….

Life imitates art – the walking pencil
The Imitation Game – Story of My Life
LargeSelf Weekly Photo Challenge – Life Imitates Art
Glass Manifestations Dog Imitates Art
Art imitates life – A Journey Called Life …
Life Imitating Art – Mostly Monochrome
Mama Cormier Life Imitates Art
Life Imitates Art …. – Rose Bay Letters
Jennifer Nichole Wells Life Imitates Art
Maria Morera Johnson WPC- Life Imitates Art

8 thoughts on “Weekly Photo Challenge: Art Imitates Life

  1. vannillarock February 19, 2016 / 14:25

    I think definitions of photography have broadened to include all your edits and more! We are no longer stuck in conventional ‘boxes’ and while some edits have come and gone in popularity (heavy HDR, for instance) it is what it has always been – a matter of personal taste (for which I am thankful!)
    Love the post.

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    • Mike Hardisty February 19, 2016 / 15:42

      There are still the purist out there who would gasp un shock and horror Anne. But as I’ve always said “My photograph, my vision”

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  2. Alexandria Sage February 20, 2016 / 15:17

    Great photos. I used to alter nearly every chosen photo. Then I quit. Spent too much time at the computer instead of taking pictures. Now it’s the opposite. I just do enough to make it look as it actually is. Sometimes to make it pop a bit. What you did here is a ton of work. This is the “artist” side of photography.

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    • Mike Hardisty February 21, 2016 / 16:54

      Actually It didn’t take me all that long Alexandria. All of the photographs were passed through Topaz Labs, Impressions and Glow. To make life easy I just picked a preset for each photograph and that was it.

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    • Mike Hardisty February 21, 2016 / 16:55

      Thank you, Yvonne. Sometimes I like to go back to Photoshop and just play.

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    • Mike Hardisty February 25, 2016 / 10:15

      Thank you Jo, glad you liked them.

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