Dividing Green

Dividing Green is composed of three photographs. The background is photograph taken with my phone of pieces of painted paper bisected by a strip of masking tape running across each one. The paper rectangles were arranged, more or less haphazardly, on top of the over painted surface of a work table. I used Photoshop to soften and blur the background and picked up a green shade from the paint on the table to use for the 3 lines of color that run behind the human figures. The woman is from an old fashion advertisement of some kind but I’ve simplified the image and increased the contrast with software effects which draws more attention to her face. The third photograph is of a Sinclair gas station attendant which was taken by Farm Security Administration photographer Russell Lee. The original black and white photograph can be seen here. The light gray shape of his body and face are similar in hue to the lightest colors of the woman’s skin tones however, he has been stripped of his identifying features and could be just any working class guy.
Dividing Green
Which is of course is kinda the point. Think of Billy Joel’s Uptown Girl or Springsteen’s I’m on Fire video or consider class identity politics if you are feeling pointy.
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