“Looking Backwards” (digital painting/collage – 48″ x 60″)
©2017 Howard Faxon – all rights reserved
I made this as a commemorative to the “celebration” of the 50 year anniversary to the “Summer of Love” in San Francisco which is taking place this summer. It may be a bit of a commentary as well. It certainly has been interesting to see the interpretations of what many who weren’t born yet think it was like in 1967. Myself, well, I was a little too young at the time to be anything other than an observer. I do appreciate a number of things that the hippies taught me and I believe it won’t hurt to reflect on this time in our history. It would do us good to actually remember what happened. The summer is just starting and I do look forward to many of the events.
I made it in the manner of a poster and maybe a postcard as well. An unofficial commemorative poster that I might offer as an art print. I made it for fun really and thought, “Well, why not?” Everyone seems to be jumping on the bandwagon for all the right and wrong reasons. My reasons are whimsical but get your T-shirt and poster today!
All of the photo collages I make use only my personal photographs and/or elements from my photographs. No stock photos or appropriations of any kind are used. It is a primary source of my image making fun to get the photos I need to make the collages and manipulations. My photo archive has a lot of oddball images because of this. The butterflies, flowers, and lizard in this piece were all photographed in my yard during the last few years. (The lizard is not shown in its natural color)