The Dregs

Triptych created from coffee grounds and digital processes

The only aesthetic reason to work digitally is the freedom it offers. The basic technology isn’t that complicated and, once mastered, it liberates the image maker from the constraints of traditional darkroom technology. At one time I devoted hours in the darkroom to the process of easel masking. While that seemed to work seamlessly for Jerry Uelsmann, I found it to be cumbersome. I did not have patience for it. And then, in 1989, I discovered Adobe Photoshop. Initially, I used the software to make photo realistic, surrealist images but now I see the digital construction process as something of an artform in itself.