My original idea was simply to create symmetrical
landscape photos from my large-format negatives by scanning, duplicating,
and flipping the images on my computer, and that's exactly what
I did for a while. The results however, while pleasant enough, were
Then I flipped Bridal Veils Falls
to create a symmetrical waterfall.
As I merged the two halves of the waterfall, the
face of an elderly man, with a long wispy moustache, appeared in
the centre of the newly created cascade.
I stared at it for ages.
But was this a one-off?, or would
I find more faces in my landscape photos?
This Faces in Nature gallery
answers that question.
I find that I can still look at these images for
long periods, often seeing new faces months after first viewing
an image. Some faces look benign, some even comical, but I find
many to be quite menacing.
I'm also finding that, just like an ink blot test,
different people see different faces. Where I see an ogre, my wife
sees a clown, where I see humour, someone else sees menace.
Maybe, like the ink blots, you see what you bring
to the image.
It's for this reason I have not captioned the
images, nor provided any supporting blurb. I feel that you should
see what you see, without any influence from me.
I'm certainly enjoying this new phase of my image
making. Is this serious art?, I've no idea. Is it better or worse
than my "straight" landscapes? I don't know. Does it matter?,
The only thing that does matter is that I'm having
fun doing what I'm doing, and that I'm producing new and interesting
(to me at least) work.