Category Archives: Photo Manipulation

Photo Composites

This is a sampling of my Photoshop work.

The objective of this assignment was to take two images into Photoshop and morph them into one. I merged the Burton Tower on the University of Michigan’s campus with the Dancing Building in Prague, Czech Republic. I’m happy to say I took both photos.

Burton Tower
Burton Tower, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, Michigan
Dancing Building
Dancing Building, Prague, Czech Republic
Final Merged Photo
Final Merged Photo

This project required us to pick an environmental topic and design an image depicting it. My topic was e-waste.  I wanted to make a family portrait showing how e-waste is turning the family living room into a landfill. I wanted the photo to look old and dirty. I used my own family to show the different generations. I am the child in the lower right looking at the scene trying to understand what I am looking at.

Obviously e-waste was not a problem for my parents’ generation (lower left).  My brother and I are laughing because we were just as oblivious as our parents were (he is by the television, I am the child on the quilt). My niece (with the hat) does not look happy with the situation, and my nephew (the young child on the couch) is crying, because as the youngest, he is going to be affected by this much longer than the rest of us.

The text was added to make it look like someone wrote, “E-Waste Landfills.  Recycle for the future.” on the photo.

Political Project Final - E-Waste
Environmental Project Final Photo – E-Waste

Environmental Topic Statement: E-Waste
E-waste is all of the circuit boards and parts in discarded electronic devices such as cell phones, computers, tablets, and televisions. It’s becoming a growing concern given the number of devices consumers purchase and discard every year. Most electronics end up in landfills or they are shipped to developing countries where materials are manually recovered. This is a global problem, because toxic chemicals and elements are released into the air and groundwater when e-waste is incinerated, left in a landfill, or manually recovered. Where there are some legitimate programs in place to facilitate recycling, few people actually recycle.