Healing Energy - Center of Vision, Hallow Hollow
Gulf Coast, USA
00:07:30 UTC 24 September 2005
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EquipmentCanon 300D (Digital Rebel) SLR camera, EF-S 10-22mm lens at 22mm, RAW. Head photos: ISO 200, f4.5 at 1/5 second. The Void sculpture photos: ISO 100, f4.5 at 1/13 second. Graphic modifications in Adobe Photoshop CS. Object movie created with Apple's QuickTime VR Authoring Studio 1.01. Assembled with satellite photo in QuickTime 7 Pro.
Behind the scene : how this object movie was madeThere are three levels to this work.
The top is a satellite image of the hurricane. The hurricane photo was enhanced by the US National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on the Operational Significant Event Imagery (OSEI) site. The photo is here: http://www.osei.noaa.gov/Events/Current/TRCRita267_G12.jpg. An alpha mask makes a window to the other levels.
The middle is the head of person. It is a self-portrait, rotating at 11.25 degrees, for 32 images, taking each photo with a remote control. I welcomed the irregular head movements as being in tune with the turbulent energy of the hurricane winds.
The inner is a sculpture. I made it from a modeling product formed between the closed palms of my hands years ago, in California. The base is unsteady but fixed on a turntable marked with 32 increments, 11.25 degrees apart. The backlit orchid curtain was my choice for lighting along with a few incandescent interior lights. The sculpture needed to be centered on a fixed axis. Some of that had to be modified graphically.
Luckily I had a new computer to composite these images in Photoshop. Each of the 32 stops is composed of three layers. The source file is over 1GB. Purist photographers use "photoshopping" in scorn. I see the art as having the ability to express inner thoughts and states of being that can't be photographed. I enjoy the mix of inner and outer reality.