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Tuesday, September 18, 2007

ART & PERCEPTION 2 - Multi-view images continued

(See also Art and Perception http://thenarrativeimage.blogspot.com/2007/08/art-perception.html )

I’m continuing to experiment with multi-view images…but remain unsatisfied with how best to juxtapose them. Last time, I tried overlapping images in a kind of a collage, but I guess it should be obvious that putting one image on top of another results in a significant reduction of the first image which begs the question of why you’d bother to use the first image if you’re just going to cover it up.


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As I climbed up the ridgeline overlooking Hellroaring Canyon on Mt. Adams, I found myself in the realm of mountain goats and krummholz. Though the wind was calm on the day I climbed, the trees were rather insistent that conditions were liable to change, and if they should, I’d want a nice rock windbreak. I’ve tried to present one specimen of stunted tree in a format reminiscent of isometric engineering drawings.



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On a Wednesday evening about a month ago, on Mt. Tabor, a bicycle racing organization invaded the park (when the roads are closed to motor vehicles) and ran a long series of races. The individual bicyclists, in their competition with each other, together displayed emergent properties of a closely integrated flock – that is, groups formed that flew in complex formations. All of it transpired during a particularly pleasing sunset. A single image couldn’t capture everything…and neither does this triptych.


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The human phenomenon of sight doesn’t work like a camera, even though the eye works something like a lens. The eye doesn’t see in squares for instance. We have stereo vision - offset images from double lenses. We pick and choose focus points over time. As different artists mulled over the ‘Breaking Up’ article from the Art and Perception site, some suggested that there must be other ways to present the images besides harsh squares and abrupt black lines. In the image above, I’ve taken fuzzy circles of points of interest from several photos and arranged them in what I hope is a scene that reflects the key components of a few minutes in time.


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This arrangement is probably more of a classic triptych. The central image is the important detail, and the side images are more about the place. I think these colors and textures are, well… ‘pretty’, which is kind of ironic since we’re looking at an oil slick.



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This multi-view image is about the passage of time. I really like how this one turned out and I hope you do too.

1 comment:

  1. The images I like the best are the bicycles and the fuzzy circles. They seem much more narrative in nature than the other two.

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