The micro and the macro

This post is a continuation of the post Painting nature that  I wrote yesterday about the John Wolseley exhibition at the NGV in Melbourne.   

John Wolseley sees himself as ‘one who tries to relate the minutiae of the natural world – leaf, feather and beetle wing – to the abstract dimensions of the earth’s dynamic systems.  Using techniques of watercolour, collage, frottage, nature printing and other methods of direct physical or kinetic contact I am finding ways of collaborating with the actual plants, birds, trees, rocks and earth of a particular place.’

2015-05-13 10.37.36       2015-05-13 10.36.12   details of images Heartlands and Headwaters exhibition, NGV , May 2015

The concepts behind Wolseley’s work have captured my imagination.  Since seeing the exhibition I’ve been wondering if it is possible to create a photographic image that highlights the intricacies of a particular tree while also creating an impression of the environment in which that tree grows.   Working on my tablet I manipulated a mobile phone image using the app Pixlr.  

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To create this image I began by overlaying the two mobile phone photos below.   The first photo may just have achieved my aims without much manipulation but it was fun pushing the creative potentials of my tablet into a direction I hadn’t thought of before.  I think it’s an idea that requires a great deal more experimentation though.  Drawing with the stylus on a tablet is like drawing with a blunt stick for a start.  

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All images in this post were taken with my Samsung Duos phone

linked to Sally’s  digital devices photo challenge – macro


13 thoughts on “The micro and the macro

  1. Interesting…so Pixlr allows you to overlay images? Great to see you pushing the limits of your device! And to think you didn’t like it initially 😉

    1. Yes – if you click on Adjustments in Pixlr it brings up a whole lot of options. Click on Double Exposure and you can then browse for an image to overlay. The only problem is that it’s entirely arbitrary where the overlaid image is placed and you can’t alter the opacity at all. I will end up getting a digital imaging program to use on my computer as well but it is fun to see how far I can push these apps –
      and yes – typical me – I often don’t like things that I then go on to get obsessed about. It’s a bad trait of mine.

  2. You’re really firing with the capacities of tablet and apps. I admire the way you took inspiration from Wolseley, and both the created tree and the real one are beautiful in such different ways.

    1. Thanks Meg. The Wolseley show has inspired me. It is great to find that I can get somewhere close to the effects I imagine using the tablet. My first thought was to go out and take bark rubbings but it’s pouring with rain down here at the moment.

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