image progression: paris I

Paris I, digital photo manipulation, 2011
Paris I, digital photo manipulation, 2011

I am often drawn to photographing windows.  Perhaps it is the concept of glimpsing in at another’s unique outlook onto the world?  I am not sure why windows hold such an enduring appeal to me.  However, the completion of any excursion inevitably leaves me with several striking images of windows.

Paris windows, photo/copyright: Carly Swenson 2011
Paris windows, photo/copyright: Carly Swenson 2011
Streetlight, photo/copyright: Carly Swenson 2011
Streetlight, photo/copyright: Carly Swenson 2011

The background of this piece is an original photo of a grid of windows; the foreground image is also from an original photo of a cherub streetlight from a main bridge over the Seine.  I erased much of the negative space within many of the windows.  These openings permit the dark violet color or the female form to be seen.  I used a man and woman from a painting stock image.  Placing the woman between the dark violet layer and the background image of the building, allowed a glimpse of her to be seen.  This created a romantic intrigue when combined with the angelic male figure.  I gradated filters on both figures to add more texture to their initial painted style.  This makes them feel more embedded into the visual approach of the piece as a whole. The figures captured the enchanting and amorous atmosphere I associate with Paris, while my original photos remind me of the streets I walked while I enjoyed the timeless beauty of the city.  Photoshop brushes used in this piece include the branches (bottom left), text and diagrams (on the streetlight), bird forms (upper right), and the translucent wings (on the male figure).

Greek Painting, stock image: Liquid Library
Greek Painting, stock image: Liquid Library

4 Comments Add yours

  1. Alice says:

    I half-expected to see Soup staring out of one of the windows! :)

    1. Ha, ha, nope! Not this one:)

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