Hockney-esque "Joiner"


In the early 1980’s, English painter 
David Hockney began creating intricate photo collages that he called “joiners”. His earlier collages consisted of grid-like compositions made up of polaroid photographs. He then switched to photo lab processed 35mm photographs and created collages that took on a shape of their own, creating abstract representations of the scenes he had photographed. The varied exposures of the individual photographs that make up each collage give each work a fluidity and movement that otherwise might not be found. 









For this project, you will take a photograph (NOT WITH PHOTOBOOTH BUT WITH AN ACTUAL CAMERA!)...it can be a portrait OR a landscape. I encourage you to take a photo of something that has a lot of detail in the background as well as it will make your "joiner" that much more interesting. Before you begin to deconstruct then reconstruct your image, you should adjust color, brightness, saturation, etc. to your liking. As you can see, Hockney's work is very bright and painterly. Make sure to edit/adjust!

Next, you will open up your photo in Photoshop. Look at the image size and CREATE A NEW BLANK FILE OF THE SAME SIZE.

Using your original photo, you can use the marquee or crop tools to remove squares from your image and transplant them onto your new blank file of the same size. Go back to your original image and cut out another square and transplant it, etc. Continue to do this until your entire image has been transferred. 

One way to emulate Hockney's joiners is to add a "stroke" or outline to each of these shapes prior to moving them to the new blank file. Remember, to add a stroke, select the area you'd like to add a border to, go to EDIT, and then choose STROKE (OUTLINE) SELECTION. You can choose the width of the border/stroke by adjusting the pixel size, and you can choose the color of your border here as well. If you choose NOT to use a border, that's okay as well.

The key to successfully accomplishing this task is to make sure that you are adjusting the size or position of the squares you are transferring to the new blank file prior to adding more pieces. I don't want you to end up with an exact replica of the original picture. Instead, it should be an interesting and somewhat abstracted version of the original...much like David Hockney's examples!
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