Fotomelt is easily ‘read’ by a more conservative audience.
IN SOUTH AFRICA THERE ARE MANY CULTURES. BOOKS IN THE LOCAL AFRICAN LANGUAGES ARE USUALLY WRITTEN AND DRAWN FOR THAT SPECIFIC CULTURE.
So the little details need to be correct. This is where photos (often inadvertently) capture the details that one may miss when simply drawing a picture. Children especially, like to see familiar details from their own homes and towns, in the pictures. We all like to be reassured with the familiar when entering the new. Often, the necessary elements have been drawn from many sources and combined.
Fotomelt is a great way to illustrate stories with a degree of realism while adding some creative flair. One can include well-known faces and places drawn from historical photographs, especially in educational illustraton.
Some examples of Fotomelt backgrounds appear in Chicken Pox ; Honey Baby; and ‘The Mermaid who came in on the Tide.’ I’m even adding it to the backgrounds in my animation projects; “When The Glove Dies.’ (2020/10)