Photo Contest 2008

17th Annual Palo Alto Weekly Photo Contest
Second Place, Manipulated Images


"Bamboo Lanterns"
By Mark McAfee Brown

About Mark McAfee Brown

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Mark McAfee Brown is an artist, photographer and designer working in the space where fine art and technology marry, merge and multiply. He has spent over 25 years combining traditional media and photography, and the last 15 years working digitally on Macintosh computer imaging systems, pushing pixels around for art, spirit, fun and profit, using a palate of 16.9 million colors, creating images by writing ones and zeroes on rust with magnets and lasers. Whoever imagined that Art could or would come to this?

NightBlooms is a series of digital art works that explore the space in which Nature and Technology collide, merge, marry and multiply. These are conceptual artworks in which I re-imagine, re-assemble and re-image the natural world, in a new visual world order. These images are concerned much more with form, shape, allegory, visual and anthropomorphic relationships, composition and the emotional range of color than they are with flowers in a botanical sense, although without flowers none of them ever would have been made. They have a distant artistic antecedent in the works of Jan Brueghel the elder, who loved to paint flowers against a black background. They are more akin to paintings than to photographs.

I am surprised and delighted by the promise and potential of this disparate mix of mediums; (high-tech/grow-tech/no-tech) and it is a rare treat indeed to have one's studio and computer system filled with the sweet and heady scent of freshly cut flowers.


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