Penelope Umbricoâ€™s workÂ is to classical photography asÂ hip hop is to soul, blues and jazz music: a giant remix.
It starts with her using an iPhone to take photos of classic imagesÂ of mountains shot by the likes of Henry Cartier-Bresson and Edward Weston. Next, she chooses from the many photography apps on her iPhone and runs her photos through almost every filter. She'll process her photos several hundred times. From 19 original photos, sheâ€™s created 6,000 imagesÂ forÂ Range.
â€œI wanted to get the photographs far enough from the original but still wanted a reference,â€ she says. â€œSometimes that would take 15 minutes and sometimes that would take three days.â€
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