In 2000, as Jeff Condit took photos of Antoni Gaudi’s elaborate unfinished Sagrada Familia cathedral facade in Barcelona, Spain, his vision of what his work could become opened wider than a large-aperature lens.
Condit’s work – which he doesn’t call photography – uses the photograph as just the starting place. “I use the image to lay the foundation,” says the 57-year-old Portlander. “Then I go off into a fantasy world and create a new piece.”
Condit’s photographs often drawn or painted on, evolve into “more of a sketch that I can change at any time,” he says, contradicting purists’ beliefs that a photo shouldn’t be tampered with.
He uses computer technology and archival processes and materials, such as paper with a tooth, or surface texture, rather than traditional photography sheets.