The Evolution of an Image

“The creative process does not end with an idea–it only starts with an idea.”

John Arnold (1913-1963)
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I was walking home one night at dusk, when I saw this bike parked in my neighborhood. The nearby streetlamps cast eerie shadows on the sidewalk in front of me. I snapped a picture of it for posterity’s sake.
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Upon arriving home, I uploaded the image to my computer and adjusted the color saturation, etc., resulting in the following image.
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At some point, I printed the photo onto glossy photo paper. Using acrylic paint, I accentuated the area surrounding the bike’s shadow. Eventually, I framed the finish product. It was displayed at Altered Esthetics Gallery in Minneapolis for their Bike Art VII Show.
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Even after having sent the artwork to the group show, the image still stuck with me. It felt unfinished somehow, so I made further adjustments to the JPEG file above using Picasa and the end result was as follows.
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As a final step, I cropped the image and touched it up using Microsoft Paint. Voila! We have come full circle.
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