We recently spoke with photographer Arthur Jacob about his inspiration, and the creative nature of his medium.
How did your career as an artist begin?
As early as I can remember, my sense of sight was the strongest of all five senses. As I grew older I began do all sorts of art projects, but always with a sense of bold colors, shapes and movement. In 2003 I moved to Las Vegas and while unpacking, I discovered a box with a digital camera in it. Someone said to me, “Do something with it!”
So I began taking shots of almost anything, as well as, doing portfolios for new entertainment artists in Las Vegas. Late one night, while I was touching up an image on the computer, I accidentally hit the wrong key and the image before me changed in terms of shapes and movement. I added a little bit of color and that was it, I began a new creative adventure.
You describe your work as “creative photography.” What does that mean?
Well, that term is a little different for each photographic artist, but essentially it has to do with the amount of digital manipulation you do. Traditional photographers do very little manipulation, if any. Creative photography comes into play when a photographic artist begins to use techniques that either change the image completely, or the image remains discernable with changes in colors, backgrounds, etc.
It can also mean bringing other images into the same canvas to create something entirely new. I like to share with individuals that my canvas begins as a photograph and the mouse is my brush. From that point on, my focus is not on the actual identity of the subject; but rather, through digital manipulation, the focus is one of exploring shapes, colors, movement and textures that are hidden in the photograph. A discovery of sorts. I use up to 7 different software programs each with a variety of techniques. The one that is most popular is Photoshop; however, I do have to keep up with what is new. You never know when you might run into something that you “just have buy.”
How do you see your work evolving in the future?
My work has evolved from very precise lines with a complete abstraction to less of an abstraction with a softer appeal. It can be at times very pastoral with much more texture. I believe that in the future, my images will be much more inclusive of both styles. I think that you will see much more contrast and isolating one object with a very dark background. I think my style will also change with the introduction of new or updated software. Technology will play a very important factor.
What I choose to shoot has become more selective and I think that it will continue to evolve. I am even going back to old works that I have done before and applying new techniques to them. Basically, my style will continue to change based on manipulation, exploration, and discovery.