My post of a few days ago (https://lagill6.wordpress.com/2015/02/04/snowdrop-design/) drew comments on the use and effect of different colours for the same image. To develop the experiment further, I resurrected an old black and white portrait and, with apologies to Andy Warhol, created this picture.
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This portrait was one of a series that included an earlier post, A private moment. In each case there is an enigmatic quality about the sitter’s expression
With this image I experimented to discover whether moving the face within the frame affects the viewer’s interpretation of the smile. Obviously, the captions below are purely personal suggestions.
1 Leaving friends following an amusing incidwnt
2 ‘I’ll close my eyes and you hide’.
3 Secretly watching from an upper window as her child plays happily with playmates.
It is strange how pictures sometimes take over the imagination and reveal layers of interpretation that were not originally planned. I was initially attracted to this feather because of the pattern and texture produced by the raindrops. I then decided to emphasize the natural divisions by separating them and discovered that in doing so I had effectively created the impression of bars – perhaps the bars of a cage or of a prison cell. Suddenly the picture took on a whole new life – it became heavily laden with symbolism. The title is deliberately ambiguous to accommodate a wide range of interpretations.
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