This morning I was reading an essay by Beth E. Wilson ( The Material Image: Surface and Substance in Photography) that introduced a 2005 exhibition at SUNY New Paltz. It will take a few more readings to wrap my mind around its significance for my own photographic enterprises, but it did provoke me to try messing a bit with an image from more than a year ago, one which never quite reached its potential in the first version I uploaded to Flickr:
I’ve had the feeling there was something more to be discovered, and it occurred to me that I might bring out the figures by rotating and then warping the perspective with a GIMP tool. Here’s what resulted:
One may wonder if such messing about is completely legit, and further wonder what I could do if I really knew about the possibilities and practicalities of tools like GIMP and Photoshop. I’m not sure what we’re looking at here, but there’s something mystically goose-like about the figure on the right. The figure on the left seems to be executing a 3-D dance move.