Very relaxing inbetween all those browsertesting during webwork is the play with hard- and software.
The new Nikon Coolpix 990 digital camera - self-giftet for X-Mas- needed to be tested a week later on New Year's Eve.
The collection of firework sparks had to worked on with the new Photoshop 6.0 afterwards - as I really didn't intend to present normal firework pics... (yep, that was 2001...)
When I buy new soft- and hardware, I start experimenting right away.
One morning during the daily facewash my fingerprint on the bathtab hit my eye. Still with toothpaste in my mouth I caught my Nikon Coolpix 990 and took some shots.
The images of myself in the mirror got deleted afterwards :-), but the thumbprint got digitalized worked on in Photoshop 6.0 right away...
If I told you what this images shows actually you might be disappointed. On the other hand it is another example how fascinating often overlooked daily things or even annoyances can appear under certain light and focus...
In this case I took a photograph of a window pane full of finger taps against the morning sunlight. In photoshop I then adjusted curves and contrast and put some black to white gradient layer in in for some dramatic light differences.
Like a picture or X-Ray is a frozen moment with no further expression than a visual one (no sounds, no mimics, no speech, no gestures), a dead person can no longer communicate, his brain and body once filled with experiences, knowledge, remembrances can no longer pass these on. It's gone or held quietly in his lifeless leftovers.
... in a fountain at a Provencal village in France on a beautiful sunny day. Everything looked so vivid, everybody was happy, only that fish floated numb and dead in the water, half way sunk towards the stoneground coverd with plants and algae.
So I took a sentimental picture and added some depressive text, everything adjusted in Photoshop.
This little wordplay came immediately into my mind when I zoomed in on those scratches on a barbeque grill's backside.
So, I took that digital picture and composed it together with that line of text in photoshop.
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