Kentucky Paintsville (WYMT)-Travel photographers from Paintsville spent the last year in a pandemic and jumped into a country-inspired project.
After seeing the work of Tyler Watt’s Mosaic Mappet Mural, “Post It Picasso” in Letcher County, Sean Cole wanted to bring the people of Paintsville to a similar idea.
“But I needed to give it some kind of hometown taste,” Cole said.
With a twist on the media and the knowledge of the photographer, Cole decided to pay tribute to a popular musician with roots in the region.
“And there are a lot of great musicians around here, and the great thing is, as you know, Chris is back in focus in eastern Kentucky,” Cole said. “I think he reignited country music around here. Similarly, he’s really a catalyst for musicians,” Hey. This guy did it. “Maybe you know, Start hungry for them. “
Muse-protected Cole used Photoshop to create a six-color photo of Chris Stapleton, then created a wooden grid to begin the process. Each square is used to represent the pixels of the photo. After considering the idea of using a guitar pick in his work, he found a more promising answer. Having ordered enough square stickers, he began to manually place them on two boards, pixel by pixel.
“But at the same time, it’s relaxing to gain experience and see progress. It was just like one of the coolest things. You can start seeing things that weren’t there before.” He said.
The process of working for a year is now over. And “The Traveler” was born with more than 25,200 stickers.
He said it was a project that provided clarity, focus, and exit when it was most needed-literally reminding us that confusion and small pieces are all part of the big picture. So sometimes you just have to take a step back and embrace it.
“If they are so close, they are like” what is this? ” But when they roam, they say. I was right next to it. I didn’t even know what it was. “It’s as if the fog had risen and the trees were finally visible,” he said.
Cole plans to assemble and display his work in the coming weeks, hoping to find a space where people can see it as he intended.
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