But to me, the image is the core of visual art, and making a new image is the central challenge. This can be attempted in a number of ways, including through style, mediums, method, and subject matter. Personally, I think those filters look unconvincing, and once you catch on to what they look like, the mind dismisses the effect as technological gimcrackery. On the other hand, those who categorically dismiss art done on the computer focus too much on material, and too little on vision.
If I just used a single photo, it would look something like the following, which is a screen shot of the dancing girl in the forefront. Notice, if you scroll back up, that I put feet back in, changed the color of the bikini, added hair for movement, and completely changed her left arm.
What I particularly liked, incidentally, was her right hand, which seemed to claw at the air. Screen capture I used for the dancing girl in the foreground. Looks more like a drab quilt than a painting. Compare a section of my final image with the easy technique of applying Photoshop filters to a single image. Animation comparing my final image to the result of what I imagine people might think was the technique I used.
Yes, I wanted to lure people in with bikini babes striking poses. It can be frustrating when any snap of a babe gets hundreds of times more hits than ones best art. You might take time to notice the 3 shadows, which add their own perspectival dimension to the image, as does the yellow and black striped tape.
I find particularly interesting that people focus on the girls to the extent of missing, or sidelining that there is an enormous wave barreling down on them, and everyone in the picture is likely about to die, or at least have the swim of their lives. By the way, a giant wave was a recurrent nightmare I had as a kid. The piece is largely about contemporary popular culture, and internet culture in particular.
The wave for me is the omnipresent threat of global warming, and the college kids at Spring Break are reveling in their independence while the future looks ominous. The viewer is positioned as a privileged member of the audience, who can also see the wave that most of them are not facing. Do we try to alert everyone first, or just scram so as not to get trampled? In the picture below notice how small the men with the umbrella are in comparison to the wave.
They also look like they figured out they were in trouble. You probably wanna run The complete image, again, below.