This work was initiated by digitising an original Manhattan cityscape painting in mixed media on aluminium sheet. Light and reflection intertwine, while a cyberpunk-influenced vision of the art deco inspired Chrysler Building forms the skyline. As architectural styles of yesteryear juxtapose with futuristic hues, so does the onscreen messaging, where the question is asked if this new universe of digital art has a future alongside the traditional.
To create this New York piece, the physical painting was digitised using a Leica M (Type 240) rangefinder camera, paired with the Leica Summilux-M 1:1.4/35 lens for superlative colour depth and image quality, preserving the tones and textures of the source painting. Composited images were then enhanced and expanded upon with multiple digitally hand drawn animated embellishments recorded. These are interwoven into the iconic NYC scene to create the final NFT.