After an exhausting ten days or so, I’ve spent a few days endeavouring to relax. With a little bit of time to kill I inevitably turn to the computer, search through the files, and see if I can spot an image that I can play around with and produce something far removed from the original.
Here’s one that is the product of an hour’s work. The satisfying part of this process is having a vague initial idea and working to see how that idea can translate into an intriguing image and then working to refine it. It helps to have a concept at the back of one’s mind.
Here was the starting point. It’s actually the scenery at the back of the stage of a theatre production of ‘To Kill a Mocking Bird’ that we saw recently at The Barbican Theatre in London. An excellent production incidentally, and both my wife and I have been re-reading the book.
It’s an image that is all about line and light and shade. The image was stretched into a long thin letter box image by repeating it horizontally (think four stripes of wallpaper). Then manipulating the image with Photoshop’s Distortion filters: Polar Co-ordinates, Radial Blur, and Twirl.
And then it’s all down to what you see: A Worm Hole, a Black Hole, a scene reminiscent of the movie 2001 – A Space Odyssey, or something entirely different?