“Reality is merely an illusion, albeit a very persistent one.” – Albert Einstein
“Everything you see or hear or experience in any way at all is specific to you. You create a universe by perceiving it, so everything in the universe you perceive is specific to you.” – Douglas Adams
Shooting the same photos or style over and over again? Can’t seem to snap out of it? Let’s do something about that! From Photoshop trickery to real-life photo ‘manipulations’ that aren’t manipulations at all, let this method inspire you to try something totally different.
Take a minute to scan your surroundings. Are you in a familiar place or somewhere new? Stop reading this, and just look around you. Pick out an object, maybe something you hadn’t noticed before, and focus your attention on it. If you really focus, it’ll get brighter and more “real” than it was when it was just an unnoticed piece of the background noise of your life. Now, try to view your surroundings from the point of the object. Some people can do this with no effort, and for others, it takes some concentration. Depending on how adept you are at focusing your concentration, you may notice a slight shift in your perception – a weird jump in realty, where you are suddenly viewing the world from a different perspective.
Did it work? Whether you noticed anything or not, your perception did change, albeit for an instant. It’s important to be conscious of your perception, because if you’re not, someone else will create it for you.
What is it about you may ask? Today I will explain a small part of my workflow… for example when I go running in Coruña I pass near the harbor where a Fenosa coal deposit known as the Medusa is located.
So I’m standing there and think… funny biosphere dome… klick…
Here some shots from the Medusa coal deposit on 35mm film for the normal shots and 6×7 film for the aerial shots:
I even rent a small plane for some aerial photos and sure there were many other ways easier ways to do it but for some reason I needed to go trough the whole process and the experience has been invaluable.
Why film? Well three words “liquid emulsion photography” There are many interesting forms like gum bichromate process and… and… and this is mine…
And the results well some old beta trials (I whitened the paper a bit):