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“Building an image from many pictures (tiling) is hardly new to photography. I can cite examples from just after the inception of the medium, allowing the photographer to capture a scene larger than one camera frame. Tiling allows me to take advantage of serendipitous surroundings of my subject, to orchestrate the final shape, in addition to giving me opportunity to exercise my sense of humor. The resulting tiled images have a sense of play and motion as I explore the settings that surround interesting objects and activities. Many a viewer's first reaction to my work is to approach it with a smile on their face. I love the sense of motion and distinctive overall character of color that grow in each image.”
“It must be the Virgo in me that enjoys lining things up. My work combines collage with modern tools. I shoot the originals with a digital camera, and compose the images using a computer, like large free-form puzzles. From many individual photos I create a single large original image file. I print small editions with pigmented inks on archival paper that yield stable, long lasting photographs. I consider the mat treatment to be an integral part of the photograph. I prepare the complex shape using the original image on the computer, allowing some of the irregular edges to break out of a rectangle.”
For over 35 years, Gene Dwiggins has been an active professional in the advertising field. He has studied with Aaron Siskind, Harry Callahan, Wynn Bullock, Jerry Ulesman and Duane Michaels and holds a Bachelor of Science from Illinois Institute of Technology in Photography, and Master of Fine Arts from Rhode Island School of Design in Photography. He has been a beta tester for Adobe Photoshop, Kodak Color Management Software (today’s Colorsync), Leaf Systems scanner and camera software, including field testing of prerelease software, reporting problems, and workflow suggestions to developers. He presently teaches computer and photographic skills for Apple Inc.
Gene’s Tiled Photographs have been exhibited in museums and juried art shows across the country, including: California, Connecticut, Delaware, Florida, Massachusetts, Maryland, New Jersey, New York, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Texas, Virginia, and Washington.