Joe Webb

UK based graphic designer, Joe Webb, a bit jaded from the digital age, was inspired by a simpler time to create vintage photographic scenes. In a world governed by technology, Webb has found refuge in the limitations of his collages’ wistful motifs.

“I started making these simple hand-made collages as a sort of luddite reaction to working as a graphic artist on computers for many years. I like the limitations of collage…using found imagery and a pair of scissors, there are no Photoshop options to resize, adjust colours or undo.
My collages work to a basic rule of sourcing just two or three images… with these I can reinvent the original scene to communicate a new idea.
I suppose I’ve become fairly anti-technology… although I now promote my art on websites, own an iPhone and use Facebook…It’s confusing, I wish I had been born 100 years ago.”

His deconstructed and re-imagined photos prohibit the use of digital manipulation, giving his scenes a simplistic elementary quality which results in a more endearingly nostalgic tone than a primitively banal one .

Webb’s technique has boiled down the imagery to its essential core and manually manipulated the scenes in ways akin to the functionality of digital editing. Though scissors and two to three vintage magazine photos are his only medium, the composition results in a complex message, narrating motifs about love and loss, memories and reminiscence.

All images and quotes are found on Joe Webb’s website.


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