Thursday, May 24, 2007

Henkel's new clock had so much kick..

he was booted out of the inventors club..

Redo for Flickr's Das Kabinett.

I made this image ages ago, I was in my Bauhaus period, and was asked to put it up into the new
'German expressionist group', 'Das Kabinett'.
Kind peeps have said:

"Love the disoriented eyeball, as if the earth's magnetic pull is only working on that part of his body! these portraits, with the obligitory 3/4 ness and tilted head are so ripe for reconfabulation. this makes my day".

"he should definitely appeal the ouster - lies and innuendo, I say!
love the roving eye too (I agree with pinkyhonor, it has to do with gravity or magnetic poles)"

I do believe Henkel is working on other things these days.. to be continued!

Almond moon

This one was a huge success on my Flickr site.
I had several people asking if it was real, well the parts are real but let's says they were 'moved around! Here's what I said:

Thank You's!
Yes, its real, when I took it I thought about the moon and made sure it was in a good spot.
I took the picture and enhanced it in ps.

The blossom really did seem to glow in the setting sun..
Only the stars are added!
Some kind soul said:

"wow! I love it -- looks like the moon has dropped all those petals. what a beautiful, artistic piece".

The setting is on a hill just outside our French village, I really wanted to capture the feeling of Spring this year, as I shall be back in the city in a few months after we sell this house. I've been here several years and really need a change..
I'll miss being able to just walk into the countryside whenever I like...


Having sat for several thousand years, the colossi no longer cry at dawn..
So how do you bring your holiday snaps to life?
Put them in CS2 and add a little magic..
I reprint some things said about this image from my Flickr site:

This image really speaks to me of the heights that mankind is capable of reaching, yet at the same time how we are just specks on the grand scale of space and time..

This works really well, time has jelled around eternity.

If only we could all carry our scars and history with such presence, beauty and gravitas.... Wonderful use of light and dark. Wonderful use of photography!

Imaginary Garden Labyrinth at nightfall

Ian said: "Intriguing and menacing- there is an ominous atmosphere here. The texture of crumpled paper and the tones of sculpted granite hide some sinister secret. Don't go into this labyrinth without a ball of string"!
I said:
"Yeh, because i'll be behind with a pair of big sharp sissors cutting that string into bits!
Did you ever read MR JAMES short story about a Labyrinth?

Daisy #2. She really wanted Edelweiss but I thought it too risky.

Well, you didn't think I would leave my poor little sis like That, did you?

We were afraid the occupying forces might think she was somehow trying to contact the allies with the sewing ring acting as a crazy kind of portable radio transmitter and reciever!

So, I managed to sew on some lovely petals from my mothers silk flower collection, they were light and easy to wear.

She really wanted me to try for the then fashionable 'edelweiss look' after fond memories of our Matterhorn hyke, but I thought it might send out the wrong signal
in these troubled times, you know, a risky 'Swiss Neutral stance'?

The Daisy effect was really popular, we found her loads of work doing the Christmas Panto season. She really loved the stage and so, after the plastic surgery to remove the soiled petals and correct my poor stitchwork, she became a huge Hollywood star. I think, in my small way, I helped her find herself..
Besides, 'edelweiss' would never have worked as a stage name...

We would get So bored

We would get So bored waiting for the new World War to begin, television was just coming out, but only the rich could afford it. And then only in London, we lived in France...
My sister, bless her, was game for anything to fill those endless rainy days whilst my mother and father were outside digging the Maginot Line for the government.
We were left to our own devices, my sister would allow me to stretch her face on her sewing circle.
Naturally, I later became a plastic surgeon and was able to put her face back, but she'd never be quite the same. I don't know, perhaps we all just went too far..

Pantheon of Starfish

After seeing some old Man Ray films, I decided I had to work with those starfish guys!

Trouble was, no starfish were available to photograph..What to do..?
So, I fished through my old prints and found these guys in a 1980's photograph of mine.
I scanned them and superimposed them onto a ledge from a photograph of Rome's Pantheon dome. Taken whilst on my first vacation to Italy.
The light shining down from the vent hole worked a treat, spotlighting the Starfishes dance. Pure sepia, surreality!
I threw in a few layers into the background to add depth and textural atmosphere..
Then finished editing in photoshop, creating this
Sepia toned and slightly out of focus effect.
It was a star-lit-hit!

Browns Midnight dip became a nightmare..

Brown's midnight dip became a nightmare..
Thankfully a passing clump of lillies saved him from becoming fish food..

This was the winning entry in the Man Ray group contest, on Flickr last week!

I'd been wanting to do a an underwater image for a long time, its the holy grail of Photoshop users, how to make water look natural and interact with an alien object.

This finished work is far from perfect, I wont bore you, dear reader, with the fine points.
But it is a 'surreal' picture, and hey, it won first place!

Kathy Kite

From Now on I shall use this Blog to display my latest surreal images

Thank You all for taking the trouble to comment, thought I should say a few words about how this came about.

Firstly, 'The Tree Man' by Hieronymus Bosch must have been at the back of my mind and another line drawing print by Hogarth about impossible 'paradoxical' perspectives.

Then on the romantic side with the french lighthouse, the image of "Kathy Kite" remembereing holidays in france, this comes from the French movie,
'Diva' With its cool Zen music and dream scenes of flight.

The tree top view is from my bedroom window which faces the sea,
I can't quite see it though!
The little girl was from a french antique snapshot, in which she was originally, fishing!
There are six differing layers, plus copies of layers.

The Text with this image is:
Katherine's Past is foreign country..they do things differently there.

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