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A Portfolio of Photography and Collage by Bill Armstrong

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Bill Armstrong is a New York-based photographer who experiments with photography and collage techniques, building composite images that blur the line between photography, painting, and collage. The artist has been working on his Infinity series since the mid 1990’s, producing a wide body of work that continues to push the envelope of traditional photography. 


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Armstrong’s Infinity photographs are a fascinating expression of what photography can look like -- seeing these works, one might assume at first that they are paintings, or highly blended pencil crayon or pastel works. The composition of the photographs is often quite minimal, with a simple, monochromatic background and a single central figure. 

 

The artist’s works are heavily blurred, producing a discomforting feeling in the viewer that if one is to squint, or see these images through a special lens, or perhaps stand at just the right angle, they might resolve with crisp clarity. Simple layers of volume and colour give a sense of dimensionality that furthers the sense of these images being just out of reach.


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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. They hold a degree in Critical and Cultural Practices from Emily Carr University of Art and Design, as well as a certificate in Technical Writing from BCIT. Dallas has a passion for speaking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In their studio practice they are an illustrator and budding tattoo artist, but they consider themselves a writer foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises or their art on Instagram.

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