L T Sparrow
Photograph - Photography/digital Art
I went through a short era of clay sculpting back in 2007. During that time I created a number of clay masks that I build directly on peoples faces. The results were astounding as the skeletal structure seemed to emerge more prominently than with other mediums I have used for mask making. This particular mask was finished with mottled blue green glaze that made me think of "The Man in the Sea". I no longer have the mask but I do have a photo so I decided to bring it to life once more in the form of digital art. I scoured my photo library for ocean images and tried a few but none spoke to me. I have numerous beach scenes from adventures in Ecuador, Peru and Florida so I tried a few pictures of seaweed and shells but still wasn't happy. I spent an entire afternoon trying to get great photos of the large red sand crabs on a beach in Ecuador so I decided, what the heck. It's not exactly a sea creature but lives by the sea and so I drug it onto my clip board and placed it in the background. BINGO. Then the fun began. So, as you can see, my man from the see morphed into some kind of mysterious, mystical messenger or seer, or dreamer or something from the Constellation of Cancer (the crab). To me he is not scarey, he just seems to know something I don't. If you choose to get analytical about this that's up to you. For me it was interesting learning process in digital transformation. Make of it what you will.
August 28th, 2013
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