Digital Montage Photography
Each one of these delightful little Sand Pipers is unique. They may look alike as they scurry across the sand with their little legs moving in a unison blur, but they each have their own wonderful DNA; not to be duplicated or replicated. Just like us.
But artificially, I have reproduced these little birds. The original photograph consisted of around 12 birds. Using Photoshop, I copied and pasted many replicas of the same Sand Pipers. With multiple layers of the same photo, I have presented an illusion of a superfluously fast and "flurry-ious" flock of birds. Real birds copied and recopied.
Many laborious clean up tasks are reduced to the effort of clicking a button with different A.I. programs. This photo montage was not produced with the click of a button. No. Many, many, many buttons clicked and re-clicked to produce this image. I could have created this montage in minimal time and a 'simple' click of a button. But that isn't my point. I purposely spent a long time creating this image, with the hope it looks like it was taken as a snapshot: a quick moment in time captured.
Then upon looking a little closer, perhaps you will see the replicas. The copies. The exact same bird in a loop. The glitches in the system. The copies will never be the original. My creating falls short of the Original Creation.