Jack Galmitz: New Collages

Continuing to experiment with various methods of constructing photo-collages, I chanced upon the works of the modern artist I once most admired – Mondrian.  His tenets for what he called neo-plasticism or De Stijl were quite suitable to work with, as they used only flat surfaces, primary colors, and particularly linearity (lines, squares, rectangles) and their asymmetrical combination.  It was purely abstract art and believed that vertical and horizontal patterns were inherently harmonious. What I particularly liked about it was the fact that it suited the computer age.  A precursor to Minimalism, its simplicity lends itself to duplication and creativity by computer software and thus extends into the 21st Century.

I’ve done some pieces I’d like to share, as well as some collages that are more in the Abstract Expressionist mode, with color as pure feeling being the bond between these two experiments.


Jack Galmitz: Collage

I came to the art of photo collage mainly through the influence of work of artists Kurt Schwitters and more recently Robert Rauschenberg.

 While these two artists worked  with found materials and found materials and combines, both were described as Dadaists (although they lived in different time periods.).  I was inspired by how composition could be decided and created by disparate materials and concepts of
speed, direction, energy, power, condensation, symbolism could all be worked out in an unorthodox way.

I myself work intuitively, meaning I do not have an aim or vision before I start a project.  I take internet images, unrelated to each other, and combine them, so that the maximum sensation and emotional meaning is arrived at. Take for instance the overlay of the mathematical and diagrammatic image of an old elevator system
underlying or overlying (depending on your perspective) the image of a nude woman’s breasts in the rain.  This is not meant as a definitive antagonism between technology and biology; after all, the human is the maker of its own world through technology and the balance, order and
aesthetics of the technical is a reflection in a way of our own

I tend to work with collage the way I work with words when I write poetry; I allow a collocation of images and narrative to create a unity without much interference from my conscious mind.


Eleanor Bennett: Battling Winds

 Eleanor Bennett is a very young and gifted photographer, whose art captures a stunning range of landscapes, people and other animals, along with the purely conceptual. It is obvious that she intuitively understands composition, drama, angles, lines, shadows and color. It is also obvious that she has command over her subject matter and a voracious interest in the world surrounding her.

The above is but a small sample of her work, which is best seen on her own website.

Eleanor says of her work and journey:

I started doing photography around four years ago. It was for a biodiversity project on recording the occurrences of nature in your local environment. I enjoyed greatly creating art in that manner. Everything was captured and preserved. I could collage and I could make portraiture with exactly what I wanted to frame.

I would cite Alexander Rodchenko, Rankin and Cindy Sherman as big influences. When I am concentrating on animal anatomy and body functions I cite Damien Hirst as a big inspiration. I find nature to be a constant source of inspiration.

For my equipment I use a Nikon D5000 to do portraiture and for everything else my Lumix Panasonic DMC FZ38. It is a fabulous all round camera.

Photography copyright © 2012, by Eleanor Leonne Bennett. All Right Reserved.


Bio: Eleanor Leonne Bennett is a 16 year old internationally award winning photographer and artist who has won first places with National Geographic, The World Photography Organisation, Nature’s Best Photography, Papworth Trust, Mencap, The Woodland trust and Postal Heritage. Her photography has  been published in the Telegraph , The Guardian, BBC News Website and on the cover of books and magazines in the United states and Canada. Her art is globally exhibited , having shown work in London, Paris, Indonesia, Los Angeles, Florida, Washington, Scotland, Wales, Ireland, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Australia and The Environmental Photographer of the year Exhibition (2011) amongst many other locations. She was also the only person from the UK to have her work displayed in the National Geographic and Airbus run See The Bigger Picture global exhibition tour with the United Nations International Year Of Biodiversity 2010.


Eleanor’s Website