Investigation Five

Continuing from Investigation Four, this set of work examines the idea of "seeding" the programmatic process: instead of random image files, I am instead choosing what images I use based on content—in this case I am looking at the idea of portraiture. This investigation uses three different portraits: music video director Michel Gondry, designer Laszlo Moholy-Nagy, and the term "ambiguity." Images were gathered from the top results of each name (or word) on Google image search, and processed through a similar program as Investigation Four. I also ran a second set of some of the images that were all converted to black & white instead of leaving them as their native color.

What I find particularly interesting and unexpected about these is how different the images are that emerge from an identical set of constraints. I find that non-literal images tend to be the most interesting, which is why the compositions I am most delighted by are the Moholy-Nagy set—instead of photos of the designer himself, they are almost all of his work. More straightforward, predictable images—like photographs of Gondry—get a bit more awkward as we try and see what we understand to be a face or a smile, but is distorted by the process. The already poorly realized cartoons and illustrations of the word ambiguity result in particularly awkward compositions.

Michel Gondry 1 

Michel Gondry 2 

Michel Gondry 3 

Michel Gondry 4 

Michel Gondry 5 

Michel Gondry 6 

Michel Gondry 7 

Michel Gondry 8 

Michel Gondry 9 

Moholy-Nagy 1 

Moholy-Nagy 2 

Moholy-Nagy 3 

Moholy-Nagy 4 

Moholy-Nagy 5 

Moholy-Nagy 6 

Moholy-Nagy 7 

Moholy-Nagy 8 

Moholy-Nagy 9 

Moholy-Nagy 10 

Moholy-Nagy 11 

Ambiguity 1 

Ambiguity 2 

Ambiguity 3 

Ambiguity 4