photography, U of Wisconsin, Madison

Ty Madey



Ty Madey
Art 576 – Advanced Photography
Scanned Cyanotype Prints on Canson Montval paper; 11″ x 11″
Images part of the Pixel Type series

Pixel Types is a cross section of childhood nostalgia and novelty. This series is about a process at its core. I start with images taken with the Game Boy Camera and end up with cyanotype photographs. The result is a deconstruction of each image into a more pure aesthetic form with the individual pixels being highlighted. By combining this look with the cyanotype process, the final product is an examination of the building blocks of the photograph instead of its subject.

5 thoughts on “Ty Madey”

  1. Very interesting concept for a series! I’ve always held a bit of nostalgia toward the Game Boy Camera, first using one about 15 years ago. I feel that the images are abstract enough to be indistinguishable without the descriptions, while they can be distinguished with them. It’s interesting what simple pixels can create!

  2. These cyanotypes are very well captured. I think that there is enough abstraction to make you question and ponder for a moment what you’re looking at, but at the same time you can still interpret what they are. I love the large pixels!

  3. I really enjoy these two compositions. I like that it’s been focused down to one section of the face and enjoy the variation in pixel sizing. It’s too bad the digital scans don’t represent the beautiful cyanotype blues actually there. I’m also not sure we need the titles. Maybe if the images didn’t show the full eye or mouth it would work, but I think I read the title, find the thing, then move on. Without the titles it’s abstract pixels left open to interpretation. Either way it’s an enjoyable series to look at.

  4. These photos are very interesting! The concept behind the series is an interesting take on what makes a picture. The compositions and focus of each are strong in their own right, and only made stronger by the concept.

  5. I think this is a great concept. Even without the background knowledge of your process I think the photos would still be formally interesting, but the description creates another level of fascination for me. I agree with an above commenter: maybe don’t tell us what the body part is, because as long as we know the process, we know generally what to look for. Without the knowledge of the body part the viewer is likely apt to look longer.

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