PORTRAITS OF STRENGTH: Women in Ethnic Vietnam (Tech-Enhanced)
AsyncArt Platform
(Single Programmable Edition)

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WANT TO TEST THE ARTWORK?

If you are interested in this NFT Digital Artwork, you can test and play around with the Master by triggering changes to the Layers (3 Layers + 24 States = 512 possible combinations) on the interactive sample here below or by going to this link:
https://async-explorer.herokuapp.com/test/canvasID=607c6e1581a79800192e0e20

 


ARTWORK DESCRIPTION:

Documentary Photography meets Illustration thanks to Technology. Could this be a new way of story telling?

This NFT programmable artwork was born from the collaboration between Tony Corocher and George Boya.
We decided to start from one of Tony’s award winning photo essays and to combine the “Reality” of photography with the “Surreal” of George’s illustration/collage art.

We selected “PORTRAITS OF STRENGTH: Ethnic Women in North Vietnam” (original photo essay here: https://www.tonycorocher.com/portraits-of-strength-women-in-ethnic-vietnam/).
We both agreed that the theme, the images, the colors and the possible combinations were ideal for programmable art and for what was boiling in our minds.
But, the main reasons why we chose this essay was the message that came with it: these women live in rural areas up in the mountains of North Vietnam, frequently in very hard conditions and with very little help. When I was there I was struck by the strength and perseveration they showed, by their collaborative efforts and by their calmness… so I decided to spend a couple of weeks in the area, meet with a few people, get to know them and listen to their stories.

With George’s “intervention” we took it a step further by introducing (through his mesmerising illustrations) a possible future in which technology and decentralisation will be able to help these women directly, without any middle man or government interference. So I got into the original 15 photos, broke each one down into 3 parts (foreground, middleground and background) to see what was working and what was not. I ended up with 12 States (4 in each Layer). Then George worked his magic by creating another 12 states in which his illustrations overtake the original images while keeping real and connected with the original photos.

We ended up with 1 MASTER, 3 LAYERS and 8 STATES per layer (for a total of 512 possible combinations). It was a fun, enjoyable and very interesting collaboration and it produced an artwork with a distinct and important message behind:
THE STRENGTH OF THESE WOMEN AND THE POSSIBILITIES OFFERED BY TECHNOLOGY TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES.

The original Photo Essay won the following Awards:

– PX3 Gran Prix De La Photographie, Paris: Honorable Mention. 2015
https://www.tonycorocher.com/px3-gran-prix-de-la-photographie-paris-2015-third-place-2-honorable-mentions/

– IPA Oneshot Competition: Honorable Mention. 2016 “Family of Man” (International Photography Awards – Los Angeles).
https://www.tonycorocher.com/ipa-2016-oneshot-competition-family-of-man/

 


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SPOTLIGHT VIDEO


 

MAIN SUBJECT LAYER DESCRIPTION

These are the main subjects of the artwork. We selected a few photos that portrayed single ethnic women and nature from the original award winning photo essay. Then I broke them down and extracted 4 main subjects that worked smoothly with the other 2 layers. These 4 images have then been “enhanced” by George Boya with incredible futuristic illustrations where technology and decentralization will be able to help these women directly, without any middle man or government interference.
We ended up with 4 photos + 4 illustrations that can go on top of each other.


SECONDARY SUBJECT LAYER DESCRIPTION:

These are the secondary subjects (very important to complete the story behind the artwork). We selected a few photos that portrayed groups of ethnic women from the original award winning photo essay. Then I broke them down and extracted 4 secondary subjects that worked smoothly with the other 2 layers. These 4 images have then been “enhanced” by George Boya with incredible futuristic illustrations where technology and decentralization will be able to help these women directly, without any middle man or government interference.
We ended up with 4 photos + 4 illustrations that can go on top of each other.


BACKGROUND LAYER DESCRIPTION:

These are the backgrounds of the artwork (very important to give context to the story). We selected a few photos that had mountains/jungle/sky from the original award winning photo essay. Then I extracted 4 backgrounds that worked smoothly with the other 2 layers. These 4 images have then been “enhanced” by George Boya with incredible futuristic illustrations where technology and decentralization will be able to help these women directly, without any middle man or government interference.
We ended up with 4 photos + 4 illustrations that can go on top of each other.


HERE ALL THE 512 POSSIBLE COMBINATIONS