Dark Circus

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Composite of AI generated prompts as well as my own photography. Inspired by “Something Wicked This Way Comes”

The Walls Talk To Me

“The Walls Talk To Me” ©2022 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

This is a composite of an AI text prompt by me in Midjourney that created the room, my photography of the model, and a background from a painting at the Museum of Modern Art. I colorized the room because the prompt gave me a black and white image. The ai prompt was a a room with walls made out of a variety of faces, haunting, moody, photography, canon 35mm lens. The rest I added to make it my own vision. I really love the creepy feel of it!

Fire Angel

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Combining Ai prompt term generated art using Midjourney and my photography. Background is abandoned Scranton Lace.

Angelic Being

Angelic Being

I discovered a great ai generating site called “Midjourney”. It is an ai powered system that generates art through text. I have been learning how to use through youtube videos. For Angelic Being I used the terms: “highly detailed full body character of an angelic figure with wings, full body, in the style of terry gilliam, angelic face, highly detailed, photo realistic, dark fantasy atmosphere, 8K, octane render, unreal engine”. Those terms produced the above.

My goal is to incorporate what is produced into my images. I’m still playing around and learning how to really push it and get what I am looking for. All I know is that I am having a blast with it!

Silver Deco

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The Education of a Young Woman

“The Education of a Young Woman” ©2022 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Abandoned detention center.

Twins Pretending To Be King

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Oak and Iron

Oak and Iron ©2022 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Officer’s quarters photographed at Fort Adams, Newport, RI.

The creaking of a door …

“The creaking of a door…” ©2022 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Officer’s Rooms Fort Adams, Newport Rhode Island

To Seize A Brush, To Plaster Your Thoughts

“To Seize A Brush, To Plaster Your Thoughts ©2022 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Forever Sleeping

“Forever Sleeping” ©2022 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“I Know Places To Hide”

“I Know Places To Hide” ©2022 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed at an abandoned Tuberculosis hospital.

And It Stirs My Blood Like Wine

“And It Stirs My Blood Like Wine”. ©2022 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed at Tewksbury Asylum in Tewksbury, MA. I love the face image in the tub where the faucets would have been.

Memory of a Mansion

“Memory of a Mansion” ©2022 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Grand living room photographed at the Wheeler Mansion. I just loved the light and detail in this room. Still such beauty in this room.

Office Blues

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Another image from the Wheeler Mansion. Love the blue walls and architectural details.

Pretty In Pink

“Pretty In Pink”. ©2022 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Pink Bathroom at the Wheeler Mansion in Orange, MA. Owners are starting to renovate for an Air BnB. This mansion was featured in HuLu’s “Castle Rock”. I just love this color combination.

Nature’s Bedding

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Abandoned Hotel and Spa Resort in upstate New York. I love the moss growing on the bed and carpet. That spark of orange in the carpet goes beautifully with the moss green!

Double Suite

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Photographed at an abandoned hotel in upstate New York. The wallpaper is the best!

Hedylogos

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Photographed at an abandoned hotel in upstate New York. Incorporated two paintings from the Metropolitan Museum of Art . Added wine bottle, remote and cigarette and smoke.

Waveny Park Winter December 2021 No. 1

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Hoover Clean

“Hoover Clean” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Old abandoned hotel in upstate New York.

“Va Va Voom”

“Va Va Voom” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed at an abandoned tuberculosis sanitarium in upstate New York. I loved the collage look of the graffiti.

“The Uninvited”

Portals II

Portals

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Whispers In The Hallway

“Whispers In The Hallway” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed at an abandoned Tuberculosis Asylum. The hallways stretched on forever. I liked the little pops of color from the graffiti but just the length of this hallway alone was so interesting.

It Is Balloon!

“It Is Balloon” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I had a wonderful day photographing an Abandoned Asylum with Silver Crescent Photography and Buried By Time. The red balloon caught my eye. I loved the partial wall still left so that you could see down several rooms. Love photographing these old places and meeting like minded photographers.

Red Hall

“Red Hall” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed an abandoned detention center this past weekend. This has to be one of the best hallways I’ve photographed. Between the color and peeling paint I just love it!

ECC 2021

“Press Play and Record” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

My submission to the Edinburgh Collage Challenge 2021. We had to use a cassette tape or parts of for our collage. All images are mine except for the painting, “Mariana of Austria (1634-1696) Queen of Spain” by Velaquez from the Metropolitan Museum of Art Open Access and the tape mass I used for hair which is by Dan-Cristian Paduret on Unsplashed.

PCC Week 22/2021

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This weeks submission to the Paris Collage Collective Challange. The original image I was given by the PCC is by Jake Bluker on Unsplashed.

The background sky and city you can see through the tunnel is my image of New York City at sunset from Gantry Park. The nude is “Odalisque” by Jules Joseph Lefebvre

Eureka!

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Another image from the abandoned hotel. I loved this blue vacuum cleaner just sitting there among the decay.

Busy Day At The Office

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I went to a great workshop this weekend put on by Dave at Silver Crescent Photography and Mike at Buried By Time Photography. This office was located behind the stage and the lighting was perfect.

PCC Week 17 and 18

Paris Collage Collective Challenge Week 17/2021 ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved
Thanks to #pariscollagecollective and https://collections.tepapa.govt.nz/object/392299
Paris Collage Collective Challange Week 18/2021 ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Image we were given to work with.

Thank you to Paris Collage Collective and Glen Carrie https://unsplash.com/@glencarrie

Paris Collage Collective on Instagram (#pariscollagecollective) has a weekly challenge to create a collage with the image you are given for that week. I really enjoy working on these. You have about a week which is a short period of time for me to create a piece but it really pushes me to be creative. I love doing collages digitally because I really can’t stand having pieces of paper around.

Renaissance Man

“Renaissance Man” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

This is a piece that I created for a collage challenge on Instagram called the #loobyrouxartclub. This is the week 2 challenge which we were given five words: Enclosed, Tangle, Stem, Map and Clock. You can use all the words, one word or any of the five to create a piece. I used Enclosed, Tangle, Map and Clock. I have also been doing a weekly challenge by the Paris Collage Collective. In that challenge we are given an image and must incorporate all or a part of it in our work. I’ve been having a lot of fun doing this and it really pushed me to think relatively quickly to come up with a piece. I use my image as well as images from the public domain to create the piece.

The Sound of Glass Breaking #6

“The Sound of Glass Breaking #6” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Number six in my series, I used a vintage image from the Library of Congress. It is of Dame Christabel Pankhurst, a British Suffragette. The background is a mixture of images I photographed at a trolley graveyard, Brimfield Antique and Flea market, graffiti in New York City and various landscapes and digital collages I have made. There is even part of a painting from the Metropolitan Museum of Art.

With this image I was taken with the starry sky emerging from the gramophone and wrapping its way around Christabel. I wanted her to appear strong and yet mystical.

The Sound of Glass Breaking #5

The Sound of Glass Breaking #5 ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“The Sound of Glass Breaking #5” is a look at the explosion of color. I colorized the vintage photo of the woman (I do with all my vintage photographs) and then layered mosiac tile I found on the Metropolitan Museum of Art Open Access site on her jacket and her dress is layered with the painting “White Plum Blossoms and the Moon” by Ito Jakurchu. The rest of the piece is made up of images I have taken. Sunflowers from a farm in Connecticut, graffiti, cityscapes, and landscapes. All layered to create an abstract background.

The Sound of Glass Breaking #4

“The Sound of Glass Breaking #4” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Finished #4 in the series. This one I wanted to celebrate women in science. I used a few Photoshop actions to get some of the layers. One of the action is a Da Vinci drawing effect which takes an image, in this case the woman at the desk, and turns it into a drawing that has all the writing and feeling of a Da Vinci drawing. I then brought the original image back in as a layer and removed the drawing where I wanted the original image to come through. I have close to 100+ layers on this piece.

The Sound of Glass Breaking #3

“The Sound of Glass Breaking #3” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Third in the series, I worked with a background of Times Square in New York City. I brought in other images I had taken in the Bowery, Sheridan Square, trees looking out from a park overlooking the Queensboro Bridge and SoHo. I also used images I had taken at Trolley Graveyard, Carrie Furnace and Packard Plant and an abandoned Catskill resort. I have approximately 60-70 layers in Photoshop that I used to create this piece. I love being able to use the thousands of images I have taken over the last 11 years to create new pieces of digital art and collage.

The Sound of Glass Breaking #2

“The Sound of Glass Breaking #2” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

The second work in my series “The Sound of Glass Breaking #2”. This again is made up of a majority of my own images. The vintage image is from the Smithsonian Museum Open Access Program. Her dress is decorated from a beautiful mosaic that I photographed in the Lexington/59th Street Subway station. The mosaic is by Elizabeth Murray. The background and wheel are from an airplane graveyard I photographed as well as graffiti from the Packard Plant in Detroit and images from the Tribeca area of NYC. Vintage butterfly and bird cage are from Graphics Fairy.

I’m really enjoying working with collages. I have completed 3 works in this series so far and I am in the middle of working on a fourth. I’m hoping to have a total of 5-6 pieces for this series.

The Sound of Glass Breaking #1

The Sound of Glass Breaking #1 ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I started a new series of work, “The Sound of Glass Breaking.” I watched a great presentation on collages through the Metropolitan Museum of Art and decided to really work on a piece. This series is inspired by my love for Amanda Gorman’s poetry, Kamela Harris being our first female Vice President and a great T-shirt . The T-shirt is a picture of broken glass with a a pair of converse sneakers among the shards and it says “Where shoes ladies, there’s glass everywhere.” I ordered the t-shirt through Etsy because I just loved it.

The image above is composed of 99.9% of images I photographed over the years. I enjoyed the whole process of creating this piece because I had to look back over thousands of images I made over the past 11 years. I didn’t realize the breadth of work I have created. The process of layering pieces and taking just little parts of an image is just so much fun. I don’t start with any preconceived idea. I just let my emotions take over and create it.

Cacophony

“Cacophony” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed the woman in this image at MOMA when it opened it’s new section in October of 2019. I used Fotoda to combine that image with a few of my other NYC iphone images to create this “cacophyony” of colors in NYC.

Shadows Chasing Light

“Shadows Chasing Light” ©2021 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

One of images that I took walking around the city when I use to work there. I love the way light and shadow falls upon the building there.

Wishing You A Joyous Holiday Season

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Wishing you a Merry Christmas, Happy Holiday and Joyous New Year.

Wampus Brook Park

Wampus Brook Park @2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed this at Wampus Brook Park in Armonk, NY several years ago and decided to work on it a little bit. I wanted to give it a softer painterly kind of feel to evoke the quietness of snow.

Tell Me What Is Real

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The room was photographed at Pennhurst State School and Hospital. The siren is from the painting “The Bathers, 1884” by William Adolphe Bouguereau from the open access at the Art Institute of Chicago. The ships are from the painting, “Harbor Scene: An English Ship with Sails Loosened Firing a Gun” by Peter Monamy. The miniature forest in the background I photographed in the New Jersey Pine Barrens the whale tail is a stock image.

Vibrantly Unrepentant

“Vibrantly Unrepentant” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

I photographed this a long time ago at the New York Farm Colony on Staten Island. The graffitti was so incredibly vibrant.

The New York Farm Colony was built in 1898 as a place the impoverished and socially outcast were sent to stay and work on the farm. The farm produced fruit, vegetables and grain which allowed the farm to be self sustaining. By the 1930’s the farm became a home for the elderly and was officially closed in 1975. During the 1970’s several children disappeared and shallow graves were found on the property. A cult move called “Cropsy” looks at the urban legend that developed from this. The famous “Willowbrook Mental Institution” was located right behind the farm colony. Needless to say it is a very eerie place.

Pastoral Peace

“Pastoral Peace” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

Photographed with my iPhone X at Rockefeller State Park in Pocantico Hills, New York. I was driving through Pocantico Hills and saw all the sheep and cows in the fields. I had to stop and take some pictures. I added a few textures and painting affects to get a dreamy quality.

The Undirected Play Of Thought

“The Undirected Play Of Thought” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“The undirected play of thought” from a quote by Andre Breton on Surrealism.

I was driving by a local park, Wampus Pond, on a foggy day and stopped to capture it with my iPhone. I decided to make it a surrealist piece by adding a sink from an abandoned asylum. Drips from the faucet I found on a free image site that I cropped and resized to fit. Textures were added for mood.

A Remembrance Of Things Past

“A Remembrance of Things Past” ©2020 Karen Johnson All Rights Reserved

“A Rememberance Of Things Past” title of a book by Marcel Proust (À la Recherche du Temps Perdu}

I wanted to create a mysterious piece using a vintage image. The woman is from the Smithsonian’s Open Access program, the door is an image I photographed at the old Dixie Cup Plant, the clock on the floor I photographed at abandoned Tewksbury State Hospital in Tewksbury, Massachusetts. The castle in the background is from the Metropolitan Museum is a part of a Caspar Freidrich painting.

This particular piece took me a little over a month to produce with various versions. I finally settled on this one.

Look For The Girl With The Sun In Her Eyes

“Look For The Girl With The Sun In Her Eyes” ©2020 Karen Johnson

“Look for the girls with the sun in her eyes” words by Lennon/McCartney from the song “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds”

Another combination started in the app TaDa and finished off in Photoshop using a texture sky from Distressed Textures. The photo is a combination of images I photographed using my iPhone from Baxter Preserve in North Salem, NY and my own garden.

I love the psychedelic look that gives it a pop of color yet it appears, at least to me, calm.

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