I'm an amateur artist looking to become a professional.
I'm a born and bred Twin Citian. Spent my youth in the privileged areas of Minneapolis, spent adolescence and adult hood bouncing around the post-war burbs and the cities and have landed in Lowertown for the past 6 years.
This approach to, what I have dubbed Modern Historic Photography, is to create a unique image incorporating two or more images of the same location at different times in history.
The concept isn't wholly unique, I've seen other examples done from famous locations. These approaches usually involve holding up or pasting the historic image on a picture of the current location. My intent is to blend the images to a state that pulls the viewer into the image to determine where the lines are crossed.
When asked recently by an art student at my first public display, "what was my artist statement?" I had to pause. All I could think to say was, "I'm looking to elicit the 3 Oh's.
The first "oh" pulls you in. The second "oh?" is the recognition there's something familiar but different about the image. And the third "oh!" is when you're hooked...I hope.