common imagery of #aeEditae, like any well developed aesthetic, has common reoccuring imagery. a few of the most common subjects found in #ae images
- religious iconography (eg porcelain angel statuettes, renaissance cherubim paintings & the crucifix)
- fruit (in particular cut oranges, japanese peaches and forest berries)
- geometric shapes and tesselating patterns (tiles or swatches of colour feature prominently)
- "old internet" graphics (windows 98 & 95 most common)
- plastic supermarket bags with print, either images or text
- plants and flowers (either unusual themselves or growing in unusual places)
- hands (usually from a first person perspective)
however, the subject matter of #ae images do not alone define the cohesive aesthetic. the true hallmarks of #ae are just as about the quality of the image as they are about the subject matter of the image.
ae images can also be defined by having these visual criteria
- defined shadows and high-lights
- well discernable textures
- solid colour or patterned backdrops OR unstaged backgrounds (ie apartments)
- muted, faded or contrasting colours
ae is not strictly defined by the subject matter of the images, but with the overall tone of the image.
ae images often evoke the feeling of 1970s-1990s furniture and decor catalogues, modern consumerism, and most of all a sense of human artifice. plastic bags, novelty statuettes, tacky furniture, old internet icons, and cut fruit all invoke the spirit of the modern consumer, surrounded by artificial and commercialized commodities.
ae revels in both the beauty of the artificial, captured organically through the mundane perspective, and the organic, juxtaposed in artificial environments.