Shocking photographs reproduced in watercolour

I am fascinated with the Waterlogue app, which converts any image into a watercolour.  Most apps and PhotoShop filters that purport to recreate a particular artistic style seem to do a poor job of it – mangling the image but without reproducing the essence of the art form.

Such ‘artistic’ filters are usually used to convey a sense of beauty. The examples from the Waterlogue community all have an extremely traditional subject matter: landscapes, portraits and still life, framed rather conventionally.

I put six of recent history’s most famous yet shocking images through the tool.  The results are below.  They are instantly recognisable, and although the paint removes detail from the images, I find them just as sad as the photographic versions.

The Terror of War by Nick Ut
‘The Terror of War’ by Nick Ut
 General Nguyen Ngec Loan summarily executes Nguyen Van Lem. by Eddie Adams
General Nguyen Ngec Loan summarily executes Nguyen Van Lem. by Eddie Adams
'Vulture' by Kevin Carter
‘Vulture’ by Kevin Carter
Zapruder Frame 249
Zapruder Frame 249
The second plane hits
The second plane hits
Aylan Kurdi on the beach
Aylan Kurdi on the beach

1 thought on “Shocking photographs reproduced in watercolour”

  1. I experienced a breadth of emotions looking at these pieces! They are more shocking caught in the medium of watercolour as it suggests the artist set up and painted each image and as this process is not usually instantaneous, it is more shocking as it prolongs the time concept of each horror.

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