Cubisim Revisited with a twist of lemon 02/28/2011
This started out an an unsatisfactory photo of a canyon wall. I loved the segmented pattern so I used a program to manipulate the color space more to my liking, and from there I fiddle with it (very scientific process).
I use filters in Photoshop but I never use them right out of the box. I apply multiple filters based on what I want to achieve with that image, ie: draw attention to the design, the color or the texture.
And I am not a person who thinks the latest software will do cooler and better stuff. It is all in how you use the tools you have at your disposal. I personally think Photoshop could have halted a version 7.0 and still be cooler than a microwave oven. But that's me.
If I stopped there my image would remain flat and I was after depth as well. So I chose an image with a similar but conflicting pattern that would superimpose another perspective as well. For this to work you need to erase the part of the image you do not want. Fun stuff.
Did I have to use an image? Noooo, but I am a photographer so I take thousands of pictures a year. They have to be good for something right?
I did not have to go too far to find inspiration for color, because I used an image of old rusted bead springs found along side of the road at an abandoned farmstead in Utah.
I must admit I enhanced and changed the texture, values and color visually by Forgetting what they are supposed to be and looking at the result and balance I was trying to achieve - a visual balance of modern design principles ... so there it is.