Friday, August 19, 2005

Self-Portrait


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Another digital foray....

I photographed my face by holding the camera at arm's length, then played around with various effects. The hand is a pretty straightforward shot. The background comes from successive manipulations of tree photos taken the other day.

The key is the "magic key" I grew up with. What it unlocked remains a mystery -- the same went for many other keys in the house of my childhood, saved from who-knows-when. But that particular one fascinated me when I was a toddler. It kept disappearing -- I'd find it in one room one day, another room the next. Surely it had moved of its own accord while I wasn't looking. My parents' trick stopped when I swore to them that I had seen it vanish while I still watched it. Whisked away to its magical place if for only a second, then reappearing before my wide, thrilled eyes.

It now sits in my little home shrine and seems happy enough to stay in one place. In the montage
a further manipulation of the other day's palm frond photo fills the key's open oval.

The text is from my 1983 journal, penned shortly after I had set off on my own (and subsequently typed and scanned). I used Adobe Acrobat to snip pieces of lines, Photo Editor to rotate the pieces, and Paint to assemble the image.



3 Comments:

Blogger Twyla said...

What an amazing self-portait. Like poetry, cutting through to the heart. I like it a lot.

I would be curious to see a picture of your little home shrine.

9:22 AM  
Blogger Dale said...

I like these too!

7:26 PM  
Anonymous colleen said...

I saw one face and then I saw two and once I saw two I couldn't go back to seeing one! It's sort of like magic art. Love it!

11:59 PM  

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