For more than twenty years I have been creating photographic collages. Piece by piece I create scenes as a painter does. It takes me a maximum of five weeks and 300-400 separate, original photographs that I have taken, to complete one collage, from a single blade of grass to the large sky, these are all considered separate applications of photographs. As a result I have devoted thousands of hours, acquired thousands of photographs, and traveled thousands of miles, all because of my undying love for old automobiles, especially the forgotten ones of the antique and classic eras.
Rather than expounding on the sad however, I prefer to direct my collages to the humorous because, by and large, we are all receptive to humor. Once I have chosen the elements I need for a piece – and that’s a subliminal process in itself – I start to cook. The rest is instinctive and intuitive. A 20×30” blow up will be the sky. After that 11×14”, 8×12”, 5×7”, and 4×6” prints (along with the original 3 ½ x 5” prints) are used for cars, people, buildings, animals, objects, foreground perspective, and final detailing.
Each element has to be carefully outlined to avoid seeing scissor cuts, and then glued in place. Often a finished work includes a great car from New Jersey, an interesting character from Connecticut, a ravished building from New York State, Wyeth type ground from New Hampshire, or a faded sign from Maine. I find many of my elements by word of mouth, eventually photographing new material for future works.
Peter Tytla, a resident of East Lyme, CT specializes in old car photographic collages and has been actively showing his work for over fifteen years. A partial list of his exhibits includes those at the Essex Art Association, the Northwest Photographic Center, Mystic Art Association, Hygienic Gallery, and the Mystic Outdoor Arts Festival. His work has been published in Old Cars Weekly, the National Automotive History Collection, Mobilia, Classic Car and Sport Car Magazine, as well as the notable photography publication, Photo Review! Awards to his name include an Honorable Mention in the 1999-juried competition of the Camera Club of New York, Best in Show in the 47th Annual Art Exhibition at the Slater Museum in Norwich, and the Joyce and Michael Schiavone Award.