Sometimes a photo says it all. And then some.
So when a member of my own family mastered Photoshop a few years ago and developed a sense of humor (all at about the same time), I had no choice: I had to unleash him on this site.
My son Aren Elliott drops by my office from time to time to offer his take on the latest consumer news. The art he creates is interesting and provocative.
Take this image, which accompanied a story about a sharp-tongued Transportation Security Administration agent and a hapless air traveler who spoke no English. Aren manipulated a photo to give the TSA screener a snake head and enlarged the eyes of the passenger to enhance the horror.
Aren is a fan of both the abstract and the absurd. This illustration accompanied a story about vacation “creep” and how stores were beginning to celebrate holidays earlier in the year. There’s Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas, all rolled into a single, almost incomprehensible image. I think that’s the point.
It’s one thing to say airlines lie, but quite another to see a mashup of Pinocchio and a pilot. I can’t think of a better way to communicate that idea. (“Mommy, why is Pinocchio flying the plane?”)
When we covered a new app that rates people as if they are products, Aren created this image. Let’s hope it never comes to this. I’d hate to see what they’d post above my avatar.
Cats are a favorite and recurring theme, and rightfully so. I have it on good authority that they control the Internet. But what if you combine cats and the intimacy of a commercial aircraft? That question inspired this work of photo art.
Another recurring theme: The TSA. I’d hate to be her. I will say no more.
Maybe you’ve noticed that we cut back on our number of daily posts and focused on quality — adding better polls and original art — instead of quantity. Aren’s creations have made it much easier and fun to accomplish that goal.
These images stay with me long after the stories have faded from memory. That’s what art is supposed to do, isn’t it?