The raw images Tim Hacker, one of 100 people who will sell wares at Sunday's free Art on the Mall at the University of Toledo, captures with his Canon cameras are the beginning of his creative process.
Consider the 8,800 pictures he shot in Tanzania or the 6,500 he took on a recent trip to New Mexico. He'll arrange them in digital folders by date and place, then import them to Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 2, where he'll categorize them according to keywords: architecture, automobiles, autumn, for example.
He'll print some images in black and white, others in color. And he'll "paint" some using a variety of software programs.
"I digitally alter them and make them look like watercolors or art deco," said Hacker, of Sylvania. From his Web site (timhacker-docshots.com): "I process the images with a variety of software programs including Adobe Lightroom 2, Adobe Photoshop CS4, Corel Painter, Photomatix, Helicon Focus, onOne Software suite, and a multitude of PS plug-ins."
It's in the manipulation of images that creative pleasure occurs, and the results become individualized.
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"There's many good photographers; it's kind of hard to separate yourself from them," said Hacker, an internist by day. An avid traveler, he has photos of the Galapagos Islands, Italy, France, Holland, Portugal, and other lands. In New Mexico, he snapped landscapes, adobe houses, abandoned cars. Some of his best sellers are a photo of colorful Italian houses on the island of Murano to which he gave an art-deco treatment, and a black and white cityscape he saw in hilly Lisbon with a streetcar he "painted" yellow.
Sizes range from 8 1/2 to 11 inches, to 24-by-75-inches, and are printed on archival paper or canvas.
He'll do five shows this year. "I like talking with the people. They have a lot of questions about where the photos were taken. It's kind of refreshing to not have people complaining about their insurance companies and their copays, to get away from the medical aspect of things."
Other vendors will sell jewelry, glass, photography, ceramics, paintings, wood, fiber, pen and ink, mixed media, and sculpture.
Operating from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Art on the Mall marks its 19th year on Centennial Mall at the University of Toledo's main campus. Parking is free and well-marked, there's a children's creativity center, eight food vendors, and a shady eating area, said Ansley Abrams-Frederick, of UT's Alumni Association, the event's sponsor and beneficiary. There will be clay pot-throwing demos between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. in front of the Student Union. And students from the Toledo School for the Arts will perform from 10 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. (Urban Jazz Collective); 1 to 1:45 p.m. (TSA Pop Combo), and 2 to 4:45 p.m. (Glass City Steel).
It's the biggest fund-raiser for the association, which expects to net about $18,000, said Abrams-Frederick. Sponsorships are down, she said, noting that in 2008 the event generated $25,536. Information: 419-530-2586 and toledoalumni.org.
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