Self Portrait 13; LSD? Or not.

1 Jun


Although I was a child of the ‘60s (which they say that if you can remember, you weren’t there) I never got the chance to use LSD – looking back, would I if the chance had arisen? Now I just don’t know.

Here is a picture that just went with the flow. It was stimulated by a fellow blogger, Joseph P Kanski (

What turned out is something very close to classic descriptions of an LSD trip: Change in sensory perception that is highly variable, subtle or profound, beginning some half an hour after ingesting the drug. Although there are changes in thinking (cognitive shifts) the main effects are on vision and sound perception. These are seen in my picture with moving geometric patterns, size and shape changes, intensely enhanced colours, sparkling, and altered textures. Many of these can be simulated by applying pressure to your eye – a phenomenon called phosphenes the sensation of seeing light without light actually entering the eye. Interestingly it is also found in people who have been left in darkness for a long time, known as the “prisoner’s cinema”. Other effects include synaesthesias which could be quite distressing.

At least, this picture is how I think a trip on Lysergic acid diethylamide would feel. No doubt those who have used it will put me right. So I feel the picture is a retrospective to the early 1970s.

The chest X-ray was hidden in the top right hand corner and added another dimension to that area. 

4 Responses to “Self Portrait 13; LSD? Or not.”

  1. Playamart - Zeebra Designs June 1, 2014 at 11:19 pm #

    i really like the colors, and i am in the dark as to what the true experience would be like… here in ecuador, many delve into the mystical properties of the shaman’s ahuayasca. many say that i should experience it, though i smile and remind them that two advil make me high for hours. i am quite happy tapping into my natural highs!


  2. elmediat June 2, 2014 at 1:56 am #

    Trippy Man ! 😀 Glad to inspire your delving into artistic techniques – your drug preferences I will take no responsibility for. 🙂 I have enough issues with Diet Coke.
    Star-dot patterns in cave art are part of the Entopic Imagery in Altered States. They are found in Indigenous Australian art and in European cave art. The online article on the topic also describes the phenomena phosphenes .

    Don’t you love how our blogs & photography tie so many diverse subjects together ? 😀

    • Xraypics June 2, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

      That’s an interesting article on entheology. I often wonder what the relationship is between the art that I produce, and the art I like. They don;t always correlate. I start wanting to produce a certain effect and end miles away from the original intention. So I manage to do my own trip without pharmacological aid.Cheers. Tony

    • elmediat June 3, 2014 at 5:51 am #

      I now have a photo-art post on Entoptic images. 🙂

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