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Fine Art Photos and Photographs by Kansas City Artist and Photographer Jay Coffelt: WHAT IN THE WORLD DOES FUNKED UP MEAN?!
'Me as a Tree' by Jay Coffelt






What in the world does "funked up" mean?!

'Seville Fountain on the Country Club Plaza' by Jay CoffeltAlmost everyone who sees my photographs asks me how I make them look the way I do. A longer answer is below. For a short answer, I just say it has been funked up.

I start by taking a film or digital photograph. Once taken and with the image in digital form, I open it in my film-scanner's software. I then manually and laboriously adjust the software to interpret the colors not as they actually ''appear'' but as I want them to be.

Sometimes the change is dramatic while other times it is more subtle. The only requirement I have is that the final result be a blending of the real with the surreal. I want people to look at the image and say, "Well, that part looks like the real world, but that part doesn't."

During this journey, I have learned how certain colors, shaded areas and subjects tend to appear after going through the process. So at the moment of taking a photograph, I have an idea of how it will look in the end, and I am thinking, "This is going to funk up nicely."

To clarify, my art does not involve multiple exposures or computer-created subjects. It also does not involve Adobe Photoshop filters or effects. My art is one exposure of a real, actual scene from this world.

Next: My Artist's Statement: To See. To Wonder. To Funk.

Jay Coffelt
Kansas City, Missouri
Phone: 913.558.3920
Fax: 815.550.2127
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