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Hunter S. Thompson – Journalistic Freedom
“There are a lot of ways to practice the art of journalism, and one of them is to use your art like a hammer to destroy the right people – who are almost always your enemies… " (Thompson, Better than sex , 16)
I came across the works of HST when I went to college. I am so happy that I did. I stuck with him through the end. And, I miss him. He was a great American.
The original photograph is by David Hiser, taken in 1970 during Hunter’s campaign for sheriff of Aspen, CO. it was the cover image of Hunter’s 1994 book Better than sex: confessions of a political junkie.
This image has stuck with me for years. I feel that it shows the determination and attentive observation of Hunter. I wanted to bring out the aura and power that surrounds him and emphasize his sharp features by upping the contrast. After cropping and editing the image to eliminate the background, I divided the image into two: light and dark and manipulated them. This work was created with Gimp and ended up with 8 layers, numerous filters, and essentially a 2 layer stencil.