Challenged with my own assignment on photomontage, I chose to blend a few images together with advanced image editing techniques that I already knew and some knew ones I have just learned on my course, please look at the image and see if you can guess what I was trying to say, or maybe what it said to you? I will described below the image what message I was trying to get over to the viewer.
Photomontage - John Cusick
For this assignment I chose to show that while Donald Trump is busy designing a wall to keep out immigrants from Mexico, Scotland was busy putting the final touches to a new bridge over the River Forth that will stand proudly next to two other iconic bridges The Forth Road Bridge & The Forth Rail Bridge. The montage is a tongue in cheek view by saying rather than building walls why not build bridges?
In making this, my mind kept changing on how I wanted it to look and how many messages that the images told in the story, it was quite pleasing to see my creative juices were flowing. I used an image of mine of the bridges for the background first off all then I sourced all my other images through the Creative Commons Website. First of all I cut out Donald Trump, then I sourced a map of Mexico that I free transformed in Photoshop and used a displacement map to cover Trumps face and in doing so I placed the map so that he looked like "The Joker", afterall he thinks he has all the "Aces" up his sleeve, maybe a "Trump Card"? I then found an American Flag and a Lego building block and used the map image as a displacement map on the Lego. Then using layers in photoshop i started to build the photomontage, but I wasn't quite finished there, I thought I could use a textured image of a wall that had flaking paint on it that would give a grungy feel to the image, I achieved this through using Blend If in Photoshop.