It’s almost impossible to tell the swirling images in Supranav Dash’s Pixel Studies used to be portraits. That’s because they’ve been processed through layer upon layer of glitch and filter apps that make them look like they just got fired through a particle accelerator.
With Instagram as his platform, Dash says he’s using abstraction to break away from the conventional images flooding the Internet.
“We have these thousands of images pouring over social media, and we are every single day getting desensitized to it,” he says. “That is where I would want to create something—maybe out of nothing—that holds my interest.”
…Each image is made using off-the-shelf glitching and filter apps like Glitché, Decim8 and Mextures. Dash liberally applies them to photos, mostly close-up portraits of family and friends, that he already had on his phone. He’ll apply filters to a segment of an image, flip it, apply another, delete and retry. He’ll do this over and over until he gets a result that speaks to his visual tastes.
“You save it, you open it up again, glitch it with a different one…you go on and on and on,” he says. “My iPhone is overflowing.” …
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