Around 370 images found on an online world news website were digitally down-sampled, a process in Photoshop that reduces the number of pixels in each image from around 500 pixels on the longest side to 10 on the longest side. In the process, algorithms in the program approximate color tones and hues and lump many pixels into a single tone and hue. Images of natural disaster, war, politicians, celebrities, and other global “news-worthy” events lose their specificity and become generalized and abstracted into patterns of colored squares that oscillate subtly when viewed in time.
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2011 | abstractions in time | digital photographs
These photographs were taken by moving my camera for 10 seconds (the average time a viewer spends looking at a news image online) as I viewed each image found on a popular world news website. Images of war, politics, culture, and entertainment become blurred impressions that are both beautiful and enigmatic. One can make out slight semblances of recognizable shapes, but for the most part the objects, people, and places become blurred abstractions.