The Forrest Gump Project -3.5 Stars-
This project calls for the insertion of the self into a historical photo. Forrest Gump is in my pantheon of 10/10 films, so I knew I had to do something with this assignment. I have had a long-running fascination with the images kept on the Voyager 1 Golden Record. This idea of just “human things” trying to be displayed and communicated as simply as possible turn us and our history into something quite surreal. I thought it might be kind of cool to take this idea of “a photo in history” and take it into the future.
In some distant future, a human research vessel lands on a planet some star systems away. The mission is simple: to find the remains of the ancient Voyager 1 probe. Scans indicate the long-buried wreckage of the probe, and an archaeo-technician and his team dig it up promptly. Upon cracking open the chassis, a glimmer of gold reflects out of the probe’s cargo hold. Mixed in with the contents are a variety of Old World images. Taking stock of the ancient cargo, one of the team members brings the archaeo-technician an image with something… different about it.
“This doesn’t look like the one from our database”, says the archaeo-technician.
As always, we are working in Photoshop. This one was quite difficult due to the low resolution and bizarre lighting in the original image. I would say this is the first assignment where I felt like I had to really play around with things to try and get them to fit.