Monday, 27 August 2012

What I did this summer

I’ve been missing for a while.  You see, I went around the corner of the learning curve and I got lost.  It was an awesome adventure…something akin to Gulliver’s Travels.  Except instead of various worlds, I visited a variety of image techniques.  

I’ve been busy chasing these bugs, inspired by Doug Landreth:

Painting in Photoshop,turning photographs from this:

to that:

Converting images to B&W:

I learned a lot about B&W conversion from the David Nightingale online course. The course is packed with information not only about B&W photography but also about Photoshop workflow.

Gluing papers:

And also cracked up everyone in the house by producing self portrait using polaroid transfers:

More later.

Friday, 3 August 2012

Russian diary - Peterhof.

Near St. Petersburg, are the spectacular parks at Peterhof.  Representing nearly two centuries of European aristocratic fashion that was built to the very highest of standards, these parks are remarkable for the variety of style encompassed in their layout and features.

One of the most amazing features of Peterhof parks is the unique fountain system that requires no pumps.  The fountains are supplied by a gravity fed water system.  The water follows a 22 kilometer system feeding fountains along the way and
skillfully placed to exploit the natural slope of the terrain.

Today, Peterhof with its 150 fountains and 4 cascades is known as “The Jewel of Russian Art”.