Monday, February 01, 2010

Hi Definition vs Pre-Raphaelites.

While searching the web for new examples of 'rust-art' I'm increasingly finding photographs that have been manipulated by imaging software. These high definition images give extra sharpness to the image which is in some ways unrealistic, but in other ways better. This manipulation gives them a strange look, at first there doesn't appear to be much difference, but the more one looks the more one sees.

In 19th Century England there was a group of artists that called themselves the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood. Their paintings were distinct because of their depiction in a painting of each and every tiny detail, details which the naked eye would normally dismiss. The finished effect of this attention to detail in their paintings was similar to today's Hi definition photographs, the paintings look to be somehow 'frozen' in time.

I find that HD images have that same quality, so maybe we should call this Pre-Raphaelite photography?

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