Personally, I find it astounding that unique perspectives can be told by simply altering a photograph either digitally or through staging, etc. In this, reality can become whatever one may wish it to be — or, at least, they can share this wish with visibility to others. For this second class project, I chose to imitate two images that were created for such purposes.
For my first emulation, I chose to digitally imitate a photo from the Manimals Gallery by Daniel Lee. As photos from this collection digress, they differ by years according to different animals which represent each one. For example, the photo I chose is entitled: “1994 – The Year of the Monkey.” Each photo is somewhat computer generated for the purpose of intertwining technology with art and commenting on the unique aspects of human features. It is known that, for Lee, “computer technology allowed him to combine his various drawing, photographic and fine art skills in one medium”. I love this concept as my talent in photography differs greatly from my talent with Photoshop and ability to essentially ‘recreate’ my vision, and it’s nice to note that sort of difference by utilizing the both within one singular sphere of work. My interpretation is somewhat separate from the original — in its relevance to society now — because of a youthful essence instilled within my depiction, accredited partially to my friend’s more colorful skin tone.
For my second photo interpretation, I chose to emulate a photo called “The Paper, Monday, 2014” from the series entitled: “The Paper” by Rosemary Laing. This particular photo was hand-painted, which I found to be very inspiring because it looks so realistic. My photograph was, unfortunately, not painted, but I made sure to blur the image so as to create an effect of imperfection or distortion of reality through my medium. The landscape is obviously different but the subjects of the image, the wooden trees, are highlighted in my photo as well as Laing’s. The interesting aspect of this particular photo series is found within its inspiration: to create a message about our use of trees for paper production, and the detrimental aspects of our privilege which can sometimes be seen as a right. Laing’s photo depicts a “forest carpeted with truckloads of newspapers” . The effort is apparent within her work which is furthermore inspiring and intriguing. I think that paper production is a topic more people should discuss and reflect upon, as it pertains to our Earth’s overall stability and maintenance.
 Lee, Daniel. “About Daniel Lee.” Cynda Media Lab, n.d. Web. 05 Apr. 2016. <http://www.daniellee.com/about>.
 Bunyon, Marcus. “Review: ‘The Paper’ by Rosemary Laing at Tolarno Galleries, Melbourne.” Art Blart. WordPress, 26 Apr. 2014. Web. 04 Apr. 2016. <http://artblart.com/2014/04/27/review-the-paper-by-rosemary-laing-at-tolarno-galleries-melbourne/>.