In this image i particularly like the way some of the buildings lines follow the lines on the hands however some places could blend in more.
To create these images i opened both my image of the hands, and my city image in Photoshop. I then placed the building image over the hands and lowered the opacity until i could see the hands through it. Then i simply followed the shape of the hands using the eraser and erased the excess building and then finally i adjusted the opacity of the hands making it slightly lower, and made the building image opacity  slightly higher.

Jerry Uelsmann  ; critical study

Born in Detroit on June 11, 1934, Jerry Uelsmann received his Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at the Rochester Institute of Technology in 1957 and his masters and master of fine arts at Indiana University in 1960. He began teaching photography at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1960. He became a graduate research professor of art at the university in 1974, and is now retired from teaching and lives in Gainesville, Florida.
The subject of this particular image is landscape and comes from the movement of surrealism; this is also the case for the majority of Uelsmann’s other pieces. My first impression of the piece is that it looks peaceful, the way the clouds blend into the hands make the scene become a part of the person. This technique may have been used to present Uelsmann’s favourite place or memory. I think the image portrays nature’s simplicity, the boat is the main focus point and there are no distractions from it.

The light source used was most likely the suns bright light, which we cannot see in the image but from its angle creates much needed shadows, or else the image would be too bright. The clouds are quite prominent in the middle ground but then fade away into the fingers; making them seen but as they are bright white, not to controlling of the image. The black background borders the image nicely, also fading into the hands not creating any harsh edges or lines. The landscapes horizon has a horizontal line which produces length; it’s the small ripples or water and the angle of the boat that create the photos depth. The rule of thirds may have been used on the landscape image to begin with but once it was put into the hands it becomes worthless as the image is no longer fully visible or its original size. As the image is in black and white the images colours are very cold and some appear very gloomy.
The images theme may come across as religious, the hands being the creator or controller of the world, the world being represented by the landscape image re-enacts some religious beliefs. Also, the image may produce encouraging and influencing emotions, for example visualising the quote ‘the world is in your hands’.
Overall I think the image is well created and very imaginative. There are many things it could portray and will mean something different to every viewer. My feelings for the image have not changed, I still like and wish to recreate my own as my knowledge of understanding the image has grown. If I was Jerry Uelsmann I would make no changed to the image as it is already to a high standard.


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