My current obsession is creating Kaleidoscope Prints from my original photography and graphic design. At this moment I have over three dozen available for sale at my Pixels/FAA Kaleidoscope Gallery as well as another 18 “deceptively bright expressions of pain and anger over repressed childhood trauma” in the TeddyBear Tears Gallery at Pixels.
At one point I was asked if these images aren’t really just “very simple to push out in minutes.” As with many things, versions can be mass-generated with software. Some might be interesting- most will not. I do use a graphics program with a multitude of options to generate previews. Then the original image may be adjusted in various ways- cropped, colours adjusted in hue, brightness, saturation, etc. Only a small percentage are worth developing any further; many concepts just don’t bear fruit. Once changes are made another batch (or batches) of previews and adjustments are tried before a high-resolution file is created for upload.
Most of the base images were created here in Columbus, OH. Of course, kaleidoscopes based on floral images are not really tied to a location. Below are ten images specific to Columbus structures (although the connexion is not always obvious) and a description of the photograph it’s spun from. I also offer four Pride Sign Kaleidoscope designs from photographs of various annual Toronto ON Pride parades.
- Firehall 2315: A newer Fire Station in Franklinton;
- Bridgework 1216: Concrete, water and light across the Scioto;
- City Lights 1649; One of the newer bridges across the Scioto River, downtown;
- Shoefly 13115; Old sneakers hanging around The Bottoms;
- Wood & Metal 10338; A reconstruction of the Santa Maria;
- Nightlife 1724; Advertising above the streets of downtown Columbus;
- Nightlife 1316; A large ‘art installation’ at a government building downtown.
- Fenestration 1104; Not the inside of a great dome; a row of window bays on a west-side Columbus street.
- Violet Steel 2367; My B&W photo of a steel bridge under-carriage colourized and spun into a kaleidoscope.
- Hidden Cathedral; My photograph of a pedestrian bridge in downtown Columbus, OH at night.
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