I am an artist who loves to work in two media: digital photography and manipulation, and oil on canvas. This page is about my digital artwork.
I think of my digital art as being akin to levels of consciousness. When I go out into the daylight and meet people, I interact with them on a very cerebral level. I am in my most constrained mode behaviorally and mentally. This is like my “in the moment” photography. I try to make it meaningful and appealing, but it is rooted in reality. It is what it is, recorded by my camera. Although I refine the image to make it crisp and balanced, I do not alter its essence. An example of this genre is Hard Times Early, shown to the right. It was shot in Ecuador in 2009.
When I listen to music or close my eyes and set my mind free, I enter a different level—one that I wouldn’t want to reveal to just anyone. It is where I see colors, imagine scenarios, and let my thoughts follow wherever they may go. I may revisit secrets or plan mischief. This is the level of consciousness most related to my digital manipulations. I imagine a scene and try to make it real, even though it never happened the way I see it. These images are rooted in reality, but are not real. One of my favorites in this category is Tidy Kiosk, a photo shot in Tokyo in 2008 and manipulated to add little men cleaning the kiosk.
The third level is the deep-level consciousness of dreams, where things may seem to make sense, but they never do if scrutinized in daylight. Colors come and go, a face from one person morphs into the face of someone else, conversations dangle. This ethereal world is like my abstracts and my digital composites. They are built from photographs, but are not photographs; they are things I dream up. Just like most of my dreams when I am asleep, these are in color. An example is In the Garden, comprised of many photographs taken different places and times, but assembled into this image in 2013.
My winning images can be viewed at www.cordeliabaileyphotography.com.
Hard Times Early
In the Garden