My work is based on traditional photographic principles and adheres to fundamental design practices used in conventional fine arts. However, by utilizing automated tools and developing my own digital techniques, I am exploring and refining new creative territory. In doing so, my goal is to ignite in the viewer philosophical and emotional responses that take them beyond their usual understanding of art, to new, dramatic, sometimes mysterious, or even imagined images of life.
By taking an image, deconstructing and reconstructing it, using technology, I am taking the chaos and/or beauty of life and writing a story of desire…desire for expanded understanding. I am enhancing the human experience of the objective scene by creating a path through artistic possibilities. The subjective, then, is enriching the objective.
I have found that this creates an intimacy between the viewers and the art, which may result in even more pondering and more questions and clearly demonstrates that my photographic works of art bubble up from ME, not from the technology.
I have dubbed this new art form “Photographic Refacimento,” (pronounced ree-FATCH-i-men-toe.) The term refacimento was first used by William Safire, in On Language, NY Times Magazine, 02-15-09, and is defined as “the radical refashioning of a work of art, often by computer.”
I recently presented a talk to 125 members of the Southeastern Photography Society and was introduced as “a driving force behind the emerging digital/computer art scene.” A fitting tribute to the journey I’ve been taking.
In the last seven years I have taken over 20,000 photographs and spent countless hours enhancing, embellishing and creating 4000 finished pieces.
I am now on the advisory board of the Museum of Computer Art, New York; chair the Photography Salon at the Atlanta Artists Center, Atlanta; and I regularly am juried into shows and win awards. I often give talks about altered photography (recently to the Art Partners of the High Museum of Art, Atlanta) and I feel comfortable with the reception my work receives. An additional thrill is to see those I’ve mentored improving in their skills, as well.
All photos on this website are copyright and registered by H.Gay Allen, 2006/2007/2008/2009/2010/ 2011/ 2012 / 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016 and may not be printed, copied, downloaded, nor defaced under penalty of national and international law. All artwork meets ADFA rigid standards and these online representations may not represent the full quality of the actual work.