Fine Art Print: "Forest Shield"
The process of creating these prints began with a question: “What might I
see if I were an Otherworld being whose eyes could assemble “reality”
in a more complex fashion?” Using his digital SLR camera and Photoshop
CS4, John Crawford has developed a unique and dynamic process of
“seeing” the natural world – and discovering the creatures of that world
who look back at us.
Each print begins as a single photograph, taken in nature by the artist, then used as the palate for creating the print. There is no modification or distortion of the original photograph. All of the elements used are fragments from the original picture, rendered in Photoshop.
The process involves looking at the original image, copying it, then reversing, reassembling and editing the image following the energies that appear. The various component fragments are kept as individual layers and manipulated such that one layer can be seen through another. The coloration is a result of filtering this layering process. In the compositing process,
John looks for the faces and energies that look back at him and call him deeper into the essential aspects of the subject. These creatures and energies become his muse and his guides and the process becomes one of discovery more than creation. Each print becomes a meeting of the minds of all that is alive but hidden within the scene originally captured by his camera’s lens.
Signed and numbered print. Archival ink and paper.
Actual print size will vary due to the aspect to size ratio.
Shipping shown is for 12 x 12. Larger sizes require additional shipping.