Metropolis was created in 1990 as part of my final portfolio for a Diploma in Fine Arts. Back then, digital options didn't exist for the average person, which meant my idea had to be created manually.
I started the process by taking photos around Sydney's CDB using a Pentax Program A 35mm camera and hand processing the B&W neg film and resulting prints. Next, using a scalpel, I hand-cut and pasted 100+ pieces from these photos to form the original image. Using Indian ink and a fine brush, I blended the cut edges.
Finally, I rephotographed the original montage using a large format camera (it was a Leica I think) to create a large format B&W negative. I processed the large format negative and used it to create the final photographic print.
To create a digital version, I had the large format negative professionally scanned as it delivered a superior result to scanning a photograph.
The image bears no resemblance to what Sydney really looks like. But it is fun to play "Spot the Landmark". A print of Metropolis was purchased by the Sydney City Council Town Planner of the time. At first glance he thought it was Hong Kong, until he saw familiar landmarks including his office building.
After all these years it's still one of my favourites ...
July 1st, 2020
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