Animal Metamorphosis

Leah Long

This introduction to Adobe Photoshop was designed to serve as a springboard for a discussion of the ethics of photo manipulation.

Camel by Jesse Kuhn

Assignment Objective

Building on a body of photographs collected from a previous assignment, students looked for animals that showed relationships of form or pattern. They then sketched new combinations of the animals, based on elaborate rationalizations for the success of the new hybrids. The final animal designs were then rendered in Adobe Photoshop.

While exploring the possibilities of photo manipulations, students also discussed the history of the practice and the ethical obligations of the digital age.