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 


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Michel Gondry 5 


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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 


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Ambiguity 1 


Ambiguity 2 


Ambiguity 3 


Ambiguity 4