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Absurd Photo Manipulations by Adam Mayster

A photo of a coastal cliff with the colours digitally editedCave 7

Adam Mayster, our featured artist for today, is an artist who works in many different mediums, but is most recently taken with digitally manipulating photographs to create strange and absurd photo manipulations.


A photo of a jellyfish with digitally edited colours, black and tealJelly in Space 3


The Flower Gallery on Adam Mayster's websiteThe Flower Gallery on

In many of his works, Adam uses computer technology to alter the colours of a digital image, producing pictures where the original subject is obscured and skewed by intense, oversaturated colours. In others, he uses a similar method to adjust the contrast and bring the shadows of an object to the forefront. While he always starts with a photo of an object or scene, in most cases the object becomes unrecognizable by the end of his process, leaving only an abstraction of a photograph behind.


A photo of undersea life, digitally edited to look abstractWaterworld 3


I enjoy Adam’s sketchbook gallery on his website,, where he takes photos of drawings that he has made and manipulates them in the same way. This process of photographing a drawing creates an interesting ambiguity about the true nature of the artwork.

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Dallas Jeffs Art Writer

Dallas Jeffs is the Editor of Artist Run Website's blog. She is a recent graduate of Emily Carr University of Art and Design, where she studied Critical and Cultural Practices. She is passionate about talking and writing about art, and sharing that interest with others. In her studio practice she is a painter, but she considers herself an art writer and educator foremost. If you like art, books and culture with a science fiction twist, check out Dallas' personal blog, HappySpaceNoises

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