photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

before Photoshop

photo: © David Moenkhaus - all rights reserved 773 612-4166

© David Moenkhaus


header image: Michigan pine forest hand-made composite

above: Manistee National Forest outside Cadillac, MI




These two images that I recently unearthed in my archives, were made while I was attending the University of Michigan in the mid eighties.

Back then, I’d go home about a half-dozen times per semester. I’d almost always take the same route from Ann Arbor to Traverse City, so I would  pass through the Manistee National Forest, which was planted many years ago with a lot of very slender lodgepole pine trees. Most of the trees eventually blew down in a big storm a few years ago.

By the way, this was exactly the same time that Thomas Knoll and John Knoll were writing the code for something called Display (later renamed Photoshop)  in Ann Arbor, MI.                                      


I would later meet John Knoll in 1993 on a movie we both worked on called,  Baby’s Day Out.


I had a 4×6 C-print of the image with the squiggly sign on it and it happened to have the correct perspective to match the photo with the straight pine trees. So I cut out the sign with an X-acto blade and glued it onto the print with the straight trees , then photographed the composite onto black and white negative film.




X-acto man

X-acto man

from the Museum of Forgotten Art Supplies website



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