Retro-spective: Stop 301

Paul Karabinis, an associate professor of photography at the University of North Florida, discusses artist James Welling and his Chemical series. 



Artist Profile James Welling

James Welling

Connecticut-born photographer James Welling experiments with color and landscape using many different methods to manipulate his photos. In his early works with Polaroid paper in the mid-1970s, he would make long exposures with a shutterless camera and heat the prints during processing to intensify the colors. Now using the effects of digital retouching in Photoshop, Welling employs multiple color channels and layering to deconstruct the original photos and then recreate exciting and vivid images that push the color boundaries even more. He also juxtaposes people and objects with his landscapes and uses four-color offset printing to make images that the human eye cannot see on its own.

Courtesy of James Welling studio.



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