Understanding Handpainted Photography as a Unique Art Form
the invention of the photographic arts in the early 1800s, photographers have
been creating hand colored photography. The excitement upon seeing a naturalistic image
recorded for the first time in history quickly gave way to disappointment about
the fact that the vividness of color was not recorded. Not long after the procedure
was created artists becan coloring the daguerreotypes and tin-types to make
them look more realistic. There were many patrons for the new enthusiastic photography
artist to work for and the lone way to please these patrons was to add color
by hand. Hand-painted postal cards also became quite renowned. This craze prevailed
into the mid-twentieth century prior to the introduction of color film. Once
color photography was perfected for public use, hand-painted
photographs were no onger in style. Now, some artists carry on the tradition
of this process as an art form that stands on its own.
Digital photography now allows both pros and beginners alike to delight in
the tradition of coloring their photos with ease, as well as providing a means
to produce a fine art photographic print. But there is still nothing like an original
silver gelatin photographic print that has been hand-colored. There is an sublime
quality to hand-colored fine
art photography which is totally dissimilar either the prominent intense
colors in ektachrome or kodachrome color photographs. There is also a lushness
to the original hand painted photograph that far surpasses that of a digital
print, not to mention the uniqueness in each and every one!
Unique handpainted photography is being done in a broad array of styles from
lightly colored photographs to the contemporary heavily painted photos of the
famed artist Holly Roberts. A simple image in which only a single thing is handpainted
can be pleasantly effective. A young kid gripping a flower bud where only the
flower bud has a delicate, subtle tone added to it makes a captivating statement.
Yet every bit as effective is an photograph that has been metamorphosed into
a personal artistic vision. The work of celebrated artist, Padgett McFeely,
is a perfect example. Her work ranges from the classic hand
painted photograph to the extreme heavily painted photograph. In her words,
she enriches her photographs with her hand painting techniques allowing
her to amplify the mystic and intrigue of a particular scene, enhancing the
emotional and spiritual content with the paint.
colored photograph is a form of the unique
fine arts as well as a enduring treasure. Oil paint is one of the most commonly
used mediums. It is brushed straight to the top of the original black and white
photograph. The oil paint really protects the surface of the photograph, which
results in the hand painted image being more archival than an conventional black
and white artisan photograph. The artists is in no way confined to oil paint.
A wide mixture of mediums can be used in the technique of coloring photographs.
Watercolor, graphite pencil, crayon, felt-tipped makers - the skys the
limit! The surface of the photographic print must be taken into consideration,
however. A paper with a rough surface is essential for pencil application, for
McFeely refers to her imagery with a sense of veneration. Capturing
illusions of reality on film by utilizing the raw purity of black and white
photography is intrinsic to my art. As my photography advances through a variety
of stages, I am in essence seeking for that dream in the back of my mind.
Enter into her dream world and explore the beauty of a hand
To see samples of McFeeleys Hand Colored Photographs visit www.GoodHandArts.com.
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