The Titan of Industry


This composite image is made up of an abandoned industrial building I photographed and the man is from a collection of vintage images I have.  The sky is a texture from Photomorphis and the playing cards are vintage and from Graphics Fairy.  I processed the image in Photoshop CC and used Macphun Intensify to bring out the detail, Topaz ReStyle for adding color filters and Topaz Impressions for a slight painterly feel.

This is a surreal commentary on industry.  I have been watching a great documentary on Netflix called “The  Men Who Built America” which led me to this image.  These “Titans” of the industrial age took risks, risked lives and played with very high stakes to get what they wanted and to fulfill their dreams.  The vintage cards represent this.  The puppets hanging in the background are how they orchestrated their deals, the government, workers and each other.  The abandoned building is how the large industries these men built have long been abandoned.

11 thoughts on “The Titan of Industry

  1. Hey Karen…Nice work! I couldn’t’t help but think of how the big tycoons of back then (and today as well), make their deals and will “trap” others just to get ahead.

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