Yesterday afternoon I watched a really long alternative history type documentary with pretty low production values – lots of appropriated “History Channel” kind of video material that, well, mostly fit the narrative.
Towards the end of the film the video quality totally deteriorated. Bad video compression? Copied too many times? Both? – I don’t know, but the picture was digitally trashed.
After a little bit of listening to the narrator talk along with the rather abstract video, it made me start to think, “hey, it’s actually better this way” – a lot of the digital distortions had a very painterly touch.
I ended up spending several hours crawling through the last part of the video selecting and capturing images, starting with the cowboy (The Great American Cowboy I call it because it looks so iconic) image at the top of this page.
Here are some of the many screen captures I made last night… enjoy!