So in the art world, "shopped" refers to photoshopped. Often art critics don't really like photoshopped art because they don't think the artist really had to do any work. Don't get me wrong, there is a true talent to using Photoshop, trust me, if you know how to use the program I think you are a master artist in your own right. But some critics think that all these people do is take images off of the internet and put them together. And in some ways they are right, but I found an artist that is actually manipulating photos from actual film.
Thomas Barbey is using actual film to cut and put pieces of art together. So this means he has to take the photos first and then has to develop the negatives and then has to put those images together by cutting them up, and then he retakes pictures of them. So think of it as a really, really early version of Photoshop. However, it is going to take you hours longer than a simple click and drag.
Let's take a look at a few.
So what do you think? Do you love them or hate them? Do you have a favorite? What two or three photos would you put together? Do you think his way is easier or would you prefer to use the computer?