History of Collage & Photomontage: Emily Burns

When choosing an artist to focus on I was drawn to Luisa Azevedo’s art piece. Azevedo uses Photoshop to create her photomontages. Luisa is 20 years-old and has grown up in the same generation as I did. Through Luisa’s artwork, it is clear that Photoshop has influenced the way she is able to depict her artistic vision. I relate to Luisa because I love to manipulate and combine photos on Photoshop as well. In many of Azevdo’s photos, she implements unexpected objects into her photo to create a surreal piece that is intriguing and uncommon. Through her use of Photoshop, these pictures tend to look seamless.

This is a photomontage created by Luisa Azevedo. Azevedo originally posted this photo on her photography instagram account when she reached 40,000 followers. (Luisa Azevedo, 18-Year-Old Photoshop Expert Pairs Unexpected Objects to Create Dreamy Composite Photos, 2017)

In the picture to the left, you can see that Azevedo replaced the parachutes with succulents. These succulents add texture and contrast to the photo which makes the piece appealing to look at. When looking at the photo you can see that the colors are very soft, however, the succulents are vibrant and add contrast to the piece. The pink in the succulent to the left caught my eye when I first looked at this photo. The pink in the first succulent creates a since of contrast when looking at the following succulent. The composition of this photo is also incredible. The two skydivers make the photo balanced because of the way they are distanced. The canyons also add a since of framing to the photo. The lines of the cliffs help guide the viewers eye to the skydivers and the succulents. The flow of this photo is very appealing because of the composition tools she incorporated. The lines in the succulent really flow seamlessly into the lines leading to the people skydiving. The tools she used such as balance, contrast, texture, leading lines, and shape really make the photo captivating and interesting to interpret.

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