digital collages

Leaves (digital collage photography)


The thing that I love about digital collages is that you can take a very boring picture of say .. leaves and make it more interesting and different.  All you have to do is make a collage background. My collage background is composed of bits of magazines images, and text from books.  I used tissue paper to add some texture in the collage. The collage is scanned on the computer and then layered with the image ( in my case the boring leaves) using any kind of photo shop programme. I use for the layering because it is free and it doesn’t give me a headache. ; )


Slave Τo Time/Σκλάβος Με Το Χρόνο

‘Slave To Time’ by Angela Zafiris
Handmade collage background with layered photographs of a mountain, tree branches and female statue in the foreground.

This is my first artwork for this blog in 2014.   I thought that it was fitting since the subject is about time and this is a new year, a new time. A time of reflecting on the year that has passed and making new resolutions.

Time seem to pass by so quickly.  We are always being made aware of the time that passes because time is everywhere. We wear the time on our wrists, we see the time on our television screens, computer screens and telephones. We are constantly told how valuable and precious it is.  We are told to never waste our time. It is considered a great sin to waste time. Time has to be well spent. No idleness, no daydreaming. Your time has to be productive every minute like a machine. My great-grandparents didn’t have the exact time. They followed the movement of the sun. They looked at the shadow on the ground and they knew what time it was, although not accurate to the minute, but accuracy wasn’t necessary back then. They were not panic-stricken by the passing of minutes as we are now so they moved at a slower pace. Today we are slaves to time . We consume so much of everything now and time will never be enough.

Heads In The Clouds/Tα Kεφάλια Στα Σύννεφα

'Heads In The Clouds' collage photography by Angela Zafiris

‘Heads In The Clouds’ collage photography by Angela Zafiris

“It is better to have your head in the clouds, and know where you are…than to breathe the clearer atmosphere below them, and think that you are in paradise.” Henry David Thoreau (American Author)

Είναι καλύτερα να έχεις το κεφάλι σου στα σύννεφα και γνωρίζεις πού είσαι από το να αναπνεύσεις την σαφέστερα ατμόσφαιρα κάτω από αυτά, και να νομίζεις ότι είσαι στον παράδεισο.”-Ηενρυ Δαβιδ Θορω (Αμερικανός Συγγραφέας)


A Window To The Soul/Ένα Παράθυρο Στην Ψυχή

‘A Window To The Soul’ digital collage by Angela Zafiris

This digital collage contains layers of photographs that I have taken of the Supermoon, a temple, a headless statue, a window and trees. I made the collage background scanned it and then I layered all of the images. I have made a black and white version and the original colourful one is below.

Αυτό το ψηφιακό κολάζ περιέχει στρώματα  από φωτογραφίες που τράβηξα με τo Supermoon, ένα αρχαίο ναό, ένα ακέφαλο άγαλμα, ένα παράθυρο και δέντρα. Σάρωσα το κολάζ φόντο, και στη συνέχεια  έβαλα όλες τις εικόνες. Έχω κάνει μια ασπρόμαυρη εκδοχή και το αρχικό πολύχρωμο είναι κάτω.

‘A Window To The Soul’ digital collage by Angela Zafiris

The City Of Angels/ Η Πόλη Των Αγγέλων

Digital Collage by Angela Zafiris

Today is the day of the angels…

Digital Collage by Angela Zafiris

According to the Greek Orthodox calendar the 8th November is dedicated to the highest angels.  People who go by the following names: Michael, Gabriel and Angela are celebrating their name day today. In the Greek culture we have name days since each day is dedicated to a saint and most people are named after saints. Most Greeks are named Maria or George, so they have bigger parties on their name days. That’s fine, so my name day is smaller and less rowdy, but at least I am in the company of angels 😉

The Tree of Knowledge/Tο Δέντρο Της Γνώσης

‘The Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil’ Digital Collage by Angela Zafiris

I decided to make a digital collage with a  photograph of a tree that I had posted a few weeks ago. I made a collage background with acrylics and scanned it to my computer. I then added some Greek text, the Latin Alphabet, numbers and I drew some circles.  I played around with the layers and the contrast until I was satisfied with the result.

Upon looking at the image I knew that I needed to change the title from ‘Lonely burnt tree’ to ‘The Tree of knowledge’. I thought that the reference from the book of Genesis made more sense since the tree is surrounded by letters and numbers. The forbidden fruit was picked by Eve long ago, and man has since fallen.  The tree of knowledge from the Garden of Eden is no longer ripe with fruit; it is now burnt. The scorched tree represents the destruction caused by wars and fires and other evils that man has committed over the many millennia of his reign on Earth.

A Wish By The Sea/Μια Ευχή Kοντά Στη θάλασσα

Digital Collage by Angela Zafiris

This is one of the first digital collages that I have posted on my blog.  I love the transparent effect that you can make that is difficult and messy when attempting it on a regular collage.  I used collage background that I made a while ago.  I made the background with gesso, acrylic paints, stencils and text. I then scanned the collage and did some layering on my photograph of a beach in Greece.  The end result is a photograph that is much more appealing to the eye.