I already have my circuit board, and nazi propaganda poster models trained, recreating a couple staple filters I have applied to images in the past, highlighting Ellis Island as part of the immigration debate, and a host of technology introduces issues that plague us. I’m currently recreating another model I had developed in the past which was trained on a Russian propaganda poster, where they were distributing leaflets on the people. Next I’m doing Uncle Sam, Norman Rockwell’s Ruby Bridges, and a United Farm Workers poster. This should give me a basic color palette to work with when applying to different photos I’ve taken, allowing me to apply across my regular storytelling across my blogs and expanding the pool of relevant, yet random images I publish as part of The US Narrative Today.
I cannot articulate how happy I am to have full control over my Algorotoscope process again. There was no other way to generate the high quality ML models I had produced before, and needed in my work. Plus, I’m happy to have full control over not just the training of models, but also the applying of them to my photos. While it is costly for me to develop the models, and isn’t cheap to apply the models across my photography, I now have more control over the process. Despite the costs, I’m hoping to develop a pretty robust, and meaningful catalog of filters I can apply. I’m not in the business of hiding the works I used to train my models, to the contrary, I’m all about highlighting them, and being repentant in my algorithmic thievery. In the end I’m just looking to bring attention to the ways In which algorithms are distorting our reality, hijacking the truth, and I find that storytelling, with a little splash of imagery is the most valuable tool I have in my toolbox.