self reference / 19 November, 2003 [click for previous image: lily (4)]
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Title • self reference

This picture started out as a semi-serious attempt to take an ‘arty’ self-portrait but, for want of some decent lighting and a better idea of what I’m doing, it didn’t quite work out. So, as with a number of the images in this blog, I ended up messing around with Photoshop to see what I could come up with.

The image presented here is the result of three relatively simple steps. The original was desaturated, posterized (Levels: 5), then both elements of the image (the background outline of me, and the camera) were selectively colourised.

On the whole, I’m quite happy with the result, mostly I think because it’s a radical departure from the last four entries (the lily entries). With those, my aim was photo-realism, i.e. capturing the last possible detail and faithfully reproducing the originals – at least as I envisaged them. With this image I suppose I was aiming for a pop-art feel – a minimal colour palette, a lack of fine detail, and an interpretive rather than literal interpretation.

As with all of these images I’d be interested in any comments, whether positive or (constructively) critical.

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