I have spent a chunk of today (Sunday) creating a new wall decoration for the spare bedroom/ room with my PC in it.
I decided ages ago on doing a large mosaic using a photo, the scanner, photoshop, a colour printer and a ton of empty CD cases.
The biggest problem has been deciding upon a good image. Initially I was going to go for one of two photos by an American photographer I adore called Gregory Crewdson.
Both images are from his excellent book Twilight, which features 40 plates taken in and around suburban America at the magic hour. His photos always have a deep inner monologue going on - which is typically 'what the fu...?'. They are staged snaps but not digitally manipulated.
I really do love them, but I couldn't decided which one.
The other problem I had was, I really wanted to do something that I had created/ taken, so I decided to use a snap I took of the Doo's with my mobile.
This snap in fact which you probably saw a few days ago. I love it, not just because it’s of the doggies - which I would be the first to admit is a tad sad, but because it captures the personalities of both animals perfectly. Daisy - messy and laid back, Dixon - smooth and uptight.
I'm intending this to be a trial run for a full on Crewdson mosaic utilising (I estimate) upto 150 CD cases. This Dachshund mosaic will be comprised of 40 cases. I'll go into more specific details of dimensions and structure next time.
I also like it because it'll be replace a picture I have in the intended space by Warhol called Maurice, which was a painting of his own Dachshund. Why have a picture of another dudes dog, when you can have a picture of your own?
What I am aiming to do, is to take a grainy mobile snap and blow it up using a mosaic affect, and hopefully in the process lose the tweeness and create a bold and personal image for the room. Ahem.
Okay, now I've selected my subject the next step is to enlarge the photo and grid it ready for printing. I will cover this in detail next time.