The Work Itself
This is a remix assignment, I have never done this before. It is titled Fantastic Imaginary Buildings [Remixed]: Mood Swap, its instructions are as follows “using an image editor like Photoshop or GIMP, edit together found images of buildings and structures to create what Kazanjian calls a “hyper-collage.” Look for and select interesting elements of buildings that can be fitted together into a coherent scene. Try to make your image unique to you, creating some kind of dream-like imaginary building. Be sure to think about the “setting” that your building is located in. Your end product should be a back-and-white image.” Those are original instructions, the remix card asks to “flip the mood of the assignment. If it’s light, make it dark. If it’s sad, make it happy. If it’s exhilarating, make it not so exhilarating.” Here it is on my flickr. It is rated 4.5 total stars for difficulty.
The Story Behind The Story
The building in the back is what I am referring to. It is the refurnished and renovated home of the late Albert Einstein. It is located on a private lot and is under the supervision and control of the local government. It is rumored that is used as a scientific laboratory for the greatest scientists in the world. It is in middle of nowhere in rural Iceland. The only reason this photo exists of this building is because it was leaked by someone from inside who had access. Why was it leaked, that what journalists are desperately trying to find out.
The Process, Narrated
I used Pixlr Editor to complete this assignment. I searched “architecture” in Google, and found stairs, a facade, a chimney, and another facade that I downloaded and inserted into Pixlr Editor as individual layers. I cropped and resized the images as I positioned them together in a way that appeared to make sense and organized. I used the brush tool to remove the background colors of each image, and then selected a black & tool white tool that converted the image into black and white. Here a few photos to document my process.