Chest 154; Purple headed mountain
Using Photoshop I drew the background hills and vegetation in a soft water-colour type of picture, then backed it with colour and texture. Finally with a chest X-ray of a man with severe emphysema. Just the sort of person whose respiratory reserve is so small that a small chest infection sends them into respiratory failure and the skin goes blue-purple with with severe cyanosis.
Simplify – Simple joys
This component of the challenge was to simplify. For my base Image I took a single coronal slice from a Computed Tomography (CT) slice of the face. Only the tip of the nose, the lips and tip of the chin are included.
Simplify – a simple CT scan
Set against a blue background it gives the impression of a stone pagoda in a Zen garden. simple and beautiful. I wanted to introduce colour but maintain the simple shapes so superimposed it on part of an oil painting which gave texture, and then included the chest X-ray of a normal child. Almost all of the X-ray is subsumed into the base layers leaving only a gentle shadowy halo around the central figure that now looks like a geisha.
This challenge had ten components, Patterns is one I liked. I find rigid patterns too stiff and formal and want some chaos out of which a pattern arises. I found this in a picture of rusty old bed-springs Taken some years ago.
Patterns in bedsprings
The repetitive swirls and wiggly lines was most appealing. I overlaid this with a study of the sun setting through a flamboyant tree in flower (We call it poinciana in Australia). It includes a Chest X-ray of a child which almost disappears into the background, but provides enough alteration in the texture to make a frame around the bright centre. There was little photo processing other than the overlain images and the blending mode to bring the components through.
This base image was taken in an architect designed underground home in Switzerland. The image was combined with images of fishing boxes taken on a visit to Cape Cod, and the normal Chest X-ray of a dear friend who has no association with architecture whatever.
Architecture – the base image
The next few images I shall be posting are a series of challenges. There are ten of them called the Scavenger group, and they cover a variety of photographic subjects. I shall include both the index image, and my artistic development of it.
The first was titled Silhouette, and was taken at a festival in the dark as the person in front of me took a flash photograph. It was combined with a reflected fish in a fish-tank. The image contains the X-ray image of a person with a pneumonia that obscures the silhouette of the heart. This is known, unsurprisingly as the silhouette sign and is a very useful diagnostic tool.
Silhouette – the original image
I don’t yet have a proper name for this picture, built up from images collected in Kakadu National Park. There was a lotus flower floating on the river’s edge obviously broken from the beds of lotus further upstream. It formed the basis of a series of images layered to give this final picture. The lotus is a symbol of purity and detachment, the flower floating on the surface of the water in the light attached by a thin stem to the dark mud below.
There is a lot of pink in it with the association between pink and breast cancer. So I included the chest X-ray of a woman with breast cancer and complications. The link between this disease which would likely soon “release” her from this earthly life, as it were, and the broken flower floating away was too strong to ignore.
Chest 154; Lotus
Chest 152; Chest stones
This image was made up of several layers of stone combined to give the impression of violent movement around a fixed central mass – like a rock set in a stormy sea.
It was inspired by a man who presented with a cough following a bout of flu. There was no evidence of pneumonia on his Chest X-ray but several large calcified lumps in his lungs were incidentally found. These look alarming but were actually benign malformation in the way the lung was made. These are known as hamartomas. They grow at the same rate as the body but as a disorganised mass made up of tissues arising from the organ that they lie in. The bronchi of the lung contain cartilage in the walls which can calcify. The calcium seen in these lumps arises from its cartilage component and classically look like popcorn on the X-ray. They are sometimes known as “lung stones”.