New Exhibition of Photographic Solarizations

by William Lulow

You are hereby invited to my new exhibition of photographic solarizations. Information is below:


These images are obtained by carefully choosing a scene under optimum lighting conditions and applying various Photoshop filters to it in the production phase. Then, the resulting images are tweaked as to hue, saturation, color balance and other tones to obtain the final image. It’s a process that almost never yields the same result. So each image is an original. In the days of film and chemical processing, a “solarization” was achieved through exposing a print to a brief, white light in the darkroom, then continuing the development process through the fixer stage. What happened was that the grains of silver that were exposed to the light tended to migrate to the edges of the image’s highlights. It created a hybrid print that was both a positive and negative combined.

Photoshop tries to emulate this effect by doing something similar to the highlights electronically. The result is that you never quite know what the effect will look like until you play with it a bit. Sometimes blue skies are rendered orange, sometimes black. Clouds are sometimes dark and sometimes colorful. It all really depends on the nature of the light on any given day. Sometimes, some colors remain the same as they are normally. (For instance, the trees in the above image).

At any rate, they are fun to do and they create an interesting, impressionistic view of a scene.