Oooo — so very happy with this. This fine art print is based on a photo from the Carol M. Highsmith collection at the Library of Congress. Stretched, sliced, diced, spindled and otherwise warped into something very different from the source.
Hmmm — it’s late Saturday afternoon and I’ve come up with a plaid city. Yet I can’t bring myself to call this “Plaid City,” and I’m not sure why. Several major skylines overlaid with one another — then blended and stretched and all that other stuff I do to them.
Moto Kanji #14 is definitely a departure from the original intent, but it’s based on the same idea, so I’ll file under Moto Kanji, rather than some new appellation. And I should probably just make my life easier and broaden the definition.
Actually, by calling it so, I guess I have already broadened the definition.
If you’re curious — which I hope you are — this is k-rail on Loop 820 in Northwest Fort Worth, where a car rubbed against the k-rail. I photographed this one this weekend while the house was pretty quiet, and I thought I could get out and get weird without causing too much stress.
Ah, back to the heart of Moto Kanji — tire tracks as brush strokes. It’s been amazing discovering how the idea plays out in the real world. We’re I using brush marks to make tire tracks, I’d have infinite control over how and where the brush strokes appear.
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Not at all what was expecting from Moto Kanji, but we can file this one under happy accidents.
This was photographed somewhere in Northwest Fort Worth, along with a metric crap-ton of other shots in and around Fall 2012. The colors and contrast were heavily massaged and adjusted in photoshop, but otherwise there are no other adjustments.
I have wrestled quite a bit over this fine art print — yesterday I released a very bright version of this with heavily saturated colors. Today I thought I’d share the same picture in B&W as Moto Kanji #11.
This one hews very close to my original idea of tire tracks as brush strokes. Especially in B&W — I hadn’t considered color originally, but as I started getting results, I discovered I loved the color shots, too.