The swirl

20 Feb

Fig Tree

This image was based on a photograph of a very complex fig tree with thousands of aerial roots dropping and intertwining, a peaceful sylvan idyll. The highlights of the tree were inverted and selected to show the opposite of the original effect.

By emphasising the lines the scene becomes disordered and almost violent; sparks thrown off in all directions. To this comes the Chest X-ray of an child who has cystic fibrosis lying behind the incongruity between forest and fireworks. Cystic fibrosis children have something about them that sets them apart from others. Those I have met are patient and kind, they teach us perseverance and love. I have yet to meet a CF child who does not put a smile on your face. Their life is hard, there is a constant up and down, a whirlpool of treatment and illness that I have tried to depict by the addition of a design borrowed from a Dale Chihuly exhibition ( showing one of his beautiful artworks, modified to introduce a strong directional element into the image with a clockwise swirling effect.


Chest 49; The swirling

Although it seems to be finished in that alteration, addition, or removal of elements diminishes the strength of the image, yet I do not feel quite satisfied with it, but am not sure where further to take it.

2 Responses to “The swirl”

  1. Carolyn January 15, 2015 at 3:33 pm #

    I think Dale would like this. I had the honour of visiting his studio when we lived in Washington State. His class has an organic quality I thought could only be depicted in glass you have captured this .

    • Xraypics January 15, 2015 at 6:48 pm #

      Hi, Carolyn, thankyou for following my blog, Now i have something to try and live up to! Thanks also for the comment on The Swirl, To be honest Dale Chihuly’s work is so fantastic to be compared in any way is more than an honour.

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