Friday, May 16, 2008

at altitude

Black and white daydream:
the continental divide,
this old fear of heights.

- arem

4 comments:

Sharon Auberle said...

cool (literally) photo! How did you do it?
liked the haiku too...

Ralph Murre said...

Oh, thanks - nothing to it, really - I noticed a little area of a digital photo I'd made of a river rushing through a chasm of rock, and thought that if I turned the little area upside-down, I could see a face in it, which wasn't really true, but then I saw that the base of the rocks looked like a mountain skyline and the roiling water looked something like a stormy sky, so I digitally started playing with the hues until it began to look kind of convincing and then, of course, I ran it through a filter called "color pencil" and then one called "watercolor" and then I did something with a digital airbrush set at about 75% transparency with a few sky colors and then I thought "hey, this is kind of cool, but it's not really interesting since you might not have the same perspective on the thing that I'm imagining", so I cut a picture of myself out of its safe, flatland Wiconsin winter background and I ran that through colored pencil and watercolor filters and re-sized that image and the backgound image a few times before they married-up the way I wanted to force the viewer to accept the perspective I envisioned and that was about it.

Now the haiku . . .

Jukota's Place said...

I loved this post -picture and haiku - as much as I loved how you answered Sharon's question!

rick said...

what jakota said...
i wish i had your ease and familiarity with photoshop. i paint but i would like to then digitize and manipulate images... and there is only so much time, and so much energy to spend, and so many directions calling