ABOUT THE ARTIST

Michael P. Ammel (the P. stands for Peter) is a 55 year young "digital artist" from Germany, now living with his family in Sete, Southern France. He is mainly an autodidact who came from painting, sculptering and photography into the field of digital image creation. A natural way for him, that offers unlimited ways of expression. He feels like being just an "image maker" who uses a wide range of technologies to cross new boarders and comunicate his messages, with finally a simple and the most common "code" to our species - the IMAGE. Digital Art is therefore an unlimited space for new thoughts without the typical, often static frames. For Michael there seems to be a wide common concept between painting, music, danse and even photography, its the form, the light, the color, the rythm and the emotion. Humor and irony, with a special regard to our "real life" are often the base of Michaels photo montage and collage. Political and philosophical aspects do play a role in many of his images. He likes what he calls the use of "visual metphores" to get the message accros. As a longtime "fractal generator" he loves to integrate this small miracles into his images.

Just a couple of thoughts from the German Artist, Joseph Beuys, who brought some new ideas to the "Art Machinery". He wrote:"to make people free is the aim of art, therefore art is the science of freedom. Creativity isn't the monopoly of artists, this is the cruical fact I've come to realize, and this broader concept of creativity is my concept of art when I say everybody is an artist I mean everybody can determine the content of life in his particular sphere, whether in painting, music, engineering, carying for the sick, the economy or whatever. All around us the fundamentals of life are crying out to be shaped or created." Just think about it for a moment. At least Michael loves that straight foreward concept of art.

He uses NIKON cameras, Adobe Photoshop CS, PaintShop Pro, Studio4, Bryce, vue d' esprit and various fractal generators.

Michael is a computer veteran and spend 25 years in the industry in various senior management positions around the world. Today he is just another "earthling" or "webist", who is trying to push his creativity to the limits."