Pop art begun in the mid 1950’s and was the creation of several young adults in Britain with the aim of bringing a new creative, fun and bright movement to the world. Pop art focuses on what is popular in culture and was around after the war which characterised a sense optimism during the post was consumer boom of the 50’s and 60’s. This is where the name pop art comes from, being popular culture. Pop art was big during the globalisation of pop music and youth culture. The British artists behind pop art grew up in a very dull world of ration books and utility design. They saw America as a land of freedom, a more inclusive and youthful culture that embraced social influence of mass media and mass production. Pop art was greatly influenced by dada collages which was combinations of random images to gain a reaction from the establishment of that time. Pop art was similar to this although focused instead on popular culture. A movement that is similar to pop art is surrealism. Surrealism combined the collage and unique style of pop art/photo illustration where photos are edited or illustrated which also uses the contrasting colours

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 Andy Warhol was influencial in the creation of the American pop art movement. One of his most recognisable images is from the print series of Marilyn Monroe, which were created after her death in 1962.

The art of Andy Warhol is a analysis on the condition of society and the obsession with fame and the famous. This included Andy, as he was completely enchanted by the American royalty status of movie stars and celebrities. He was overwhelmed by the power that tv network had over the ordinary person and saw the glowing box as something that was worshiped more often than most people go to church.

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 Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol. 1962

Marilyn Monroe by Andy Warhol. 1962

My Pop Art Experiment

My wonderful daughter has been the inspiration of many photographic projects. For the Pop Art project, I shot a series of images in front of an old boat shed. The weather was overcast, cold and windy. The shed provided some protection from the wind but just enough to blow her hair around. The overcast conditions gave a flat even lighting.

I shot at 70mm from 10 metres with fill flash to light Sally brightly and also some highlight on the boat shed door.

The background water, boat and horizon didn't interest me that much, so I added colour to 4 different selections and left the outline of the distant hills to break up the colour

Also reduced the perceptual colours from 256 to 30 in Photoshop, Indexed Colour. This gives an illustrated feel to the image.

Additional quick mask selections and changes to colour balance enhanced the pop art look...

The second Pop Art image