Publication Date

Spring 2016

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Fine Arts


Independent Film and Digital Imaging

First Advisor

Beth Parin, M.F.A.

Second Advisor

Sharon L. Burrink

Third Advisor

Melinda Day


“Systems Failure” is a substantial array of digitally created images centered on many social and ethical issues that go undetected for numerous people. Many within our society live in silent anguish, something that remains unseen and undiscussed by others. “Systems Failure” shows the outsider a brief look into this life. While some images may seem as if the ugly side of life is being brought out, they are concentrated on the strength of humans. The focus of these images is on those who are trying to endure situations in which many cannot see or even understand.

I intend to bring the viewer into my imagery by combining a number of images into one solid cohesive piece. I will do this by using a variety of hand drawn, photographic and computer generated images, through this type of amalgamation I will be produce several signature images, the goal is to produce 20-25 images. Each individual image will be comprised of at least three different images, using Photomatrix and Photoshop the combined images will be set in a single composition.

My first set of files or images are created using Photomatrix, this involves setting three layers of a digital image to bring out underlying details. When creating my final digital images or combining my HDR images I use Adobe CC, Photoshop. My PSD files will be merged for many contain 75 and upwards to 200 layers, this makes for extremely oversized files. Therefore each file/image will be merged as a single layer once all adjustments have been made. Final images will be printed on steel using no white, simply the steel will be utilized as a white. This allows the images to maintain a darker, look along with giving the image third dimensional appearance.


Thesis file is 22 MB

Symoniak_Joyce_Title_Preface.pdf (211 kB)
Title Pages and Preface

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