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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

Welcome to metallic Monday on K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

I chose the theme for this week’s challenge on Friday and it was simply this; Metal.

Whatever metallic materials you wish to use for your photographic subject are acceptable; shiny, rusty, intricate, industrial, sculpted, molten, anything you like, as long as it’s metal.

I went the lightweight route, using aluminum foil in varying stages of scrunchiness, under different light sources and with a selection of coloured surfaces to reflect from, to create these artistic images.

K’lee’s photo for today can now be found HERE.

Now, it’s your turn.


To get involved with the challenge, post a photo to your blog on Monday, add a pingback to this post (or to K’lee’s) and don’t forget to tag your post #CosPhoChal.

Alternatively, add a link to your blog in the comments of either mine or K’lee’s post and we’ll come and check out your entry.
Any and all effects, editing, Photoshop, Instagram, morphing, collages or whatever other post production techniques you fancy are permitted, (in fact, they’re actively encouraged!) so get creative and turn your photos into artworks for the Cosmic Photo Challenge.


Posted by on July 11, 2016 in Arts, Photography


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K’lee and Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge…

img_20160318_210825-picsay.jpgHello there.

Monday again, so time for the weekly photographic experimentation session that is K’lee an Dale’s Cosmic Photo Challenge.

This week I’m going for a somewhat less abstract offering than my last one, although I have still kept a bit of magic in reserve.

Audrey has been very poorly for the last week or so, with a really nasty cold/cough/chest infection that has kept her off school since last Wednesday. I’m sure she hasn’t got bored of watching endless Scooby Doo DVDs just yet, but I thought she might appreciate a like-minded playmate to keep her entertained, so here’s something I put together from our graveyard visit a couple of weeks ago…


Double Trouble.

K’lee already has his contribution posted, which you can see at this link, so pop over and check it out.

Next week, we shall be officially starting our themed photos, so watch out for a reminder prompt each Friday, (starting this Friday) letting you know how to take part.

In the meantime, if you have a Cosmic Photo to contribute, add it to your blog and leave a link in the comments (or pingback here or to K’lee’s blog, they are now working again) and don’t forget to tag your posts;



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Deconstructing the selfie…

Latest post from my photography blog, Photo Sans Frontiers.
This time I’m attempting a bit of artistic portraiture…

Images From An Internet Nobody

Selfies, the ubiquitous personal identifier for millions of people all over the world.
Never really been one for them myself, but I thought I’d try a few and see if I could “art them up” a bit.

Here are six of my favourites…







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Posted by on November 26, 2015 in Photo Sans Frontiers, Photography


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Get Spangled…

Just because I haven’t done any for a while, I thought I’d have another go at creating one of my peculiar sonic soundscapes at the weekend.
And since I can never resist adding a visual element to these little experiments, I made one of my lo-tech videos to accompany the new tune.

That’s it, just that.

And here it is, “SPANGLES”, in all its twinkly glory.

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Posted by on September 22, 2015 in aardvark, Animation, Arts, Music, Photography, Video


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Picture this: Deep Dream…

I’ve already posted a selection of pictures that have had the Deep Dream treatment, (photos that have been uploaded to Google’s open source artificial neural network, allowing sleeping computer servers to “dream” about them) over on Photo Sans Frontiers, but I haven’t been able to stop playing with it since, so here are ten of the best of the rest.

As before, bizarrely mis-shapen dogs feature prominently. What is it about computers and dogs?



No people were in the original picture, just flowers.



Just a tree in a stream.


Canine horticulture.



Blog cartoonist-in-residence, Ho.


A.W.O.L. bloggers, Todd and Dustin.



Bird dogs.

There’s no way that I can avoid playing out with this I’m afraid…

{To make your own computer dreams/nightmares, go to THIS LINK and upload a photo.}

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Posted by on July 13, 2015 in Arts, Computers, Ho., Photography


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Daily random photo challenge…


Close to the Edge.

Pingback to Harsh Reality.


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Daily random photo challenge…


The Haunted Chair.

Pingback to Harsh Reality.


Posted by on May 20, 2015 in Arts, Guest spots., Photography


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The changing face of horror…

Many years ago, a friend of mine (hello Becky, or “Becqui” as you called yourself back then) sent me a postcard from eastern Europe, where she was on holiday.
If my memory serves me correctly, I think she was visiting Transylvania at the time, soaking up the gothic atmosphere that gave rise to the region’s vampiric myths and legends, although that isn’t strictly relevant, as the subject of the card was a painting by an Italian artist.

Giuseppe Arcimboldo was a sixteenth century painter who took the stuffy, formal format of portraiture and gave it a bloody good shake up.
He didn’t achieve this by choosing to pose his subjects in interesting or controversial ways, but by using something other than their own bodies to depict them.

His more conventional art is now largely forgotten, but the paintings he produced in his own inimitable style are still fascinating people to this day

Here is the picture Becky sent me:


Yes, it’s a man made of fish.

He also used vegetables, plants and animals in his surreal composite images, all themed to tie in with the subject of the portrait.

I have always thought it was a fabulously warm and somehow friendly picture, and yet many people I’ve shown it to find his art disturbing and uninviting.

Which got me thinking; When it comes to the human form, what is it that makes something disturbing to look at?

Our faces are an important part of what defines our personality to other people, but not necessarily to ourselves.
Having multiple piercings, for instance, may give some folks the impression that a person appears threatening or in some way confrontational, yet (despite my own personal antipathy towards any sort of “body modification” such as piercings and tattoos) I’ve met all sorts of perfectly lovely people who, when you actually make the effort to get to know them, just happen to like covering themselves in ink and/or metal studs and are otherwise no different to you or I.


Rolf Buchholz – the world’s most pierced man. Airport security was always a lengthy process.

There are of course cultural differences;
The Tā moko face tattoo tradition of the Māori people, which has been the norm for hundreds of years, would almost certainly be deemed unacceptable in western society, a social convention which is reflected in the fact that most tattoo artists are reluctant to have their art facially displayed, even in today’s liberal society.


Māori or Sharpie – you decide.

However, the Yakuza, (famously-inked Japanese gangster hard men) cover their entire bodies with tattoos, yet shy away from continuing their decoration above the neckline, presumably to make membership of the crime organisation somewhat less obvious.

So it isn’t just how “hard” you are which determines how you wear your face, nor should you assume that someone is going to stab you, just because they’ve got Mummy tattooed on their neck.

But the use of the face to give us nightmares is a long and freakishly enjoyable tradition.
Whether it’s the simple application of grease paint to achieve the look of that most terrifying and disturbing of entertainers, Clowns


Stephen King’s Pennywise the Clown from IT – “We all float down here!” – soon to terrify an entire new generation.

…or the reliance on everyone’s ability to imagine the pain of having sharp points pushed into their flesh, like cheerful sado-masochist and Cenobite-in chief, “Pinhead” from Clive Barker’s Hellraiser (which you can watch in full at the end of this post) there is a deep-seated visceral reaction to any type of facial disfigurement.


Pinhead – “Another hedgehog joke and you’re going to hell.”

The reason for all this physiognomy fixation comes from yet another burst of photographic and digital fiddling that I’ve been engaged in this week, this time using my insertion and layering gadgets to assemble new and interesting versions of my own face, using only parts of…..yep, you guessed it, my own face.

And the odd hand or two.

The resulting monstrosities portraits were posted on my new Facebook photo page, much to the horror of several group members, who seemed to find the new me somewhat less attractive than usual.

But why? What is it about this type of  face manipulation that makes us so uneasy?
Well, now you can judge for yourselves.

Brace yourselves, it’s face time.

First of all, I went for a bit of face-palming…



…then I tried a bit more organ transplanting..


…which ended up getting a bit out of hand.


Potato head.

After that, things just got a bit silly…



…culminating in this masterpiece of unhinged and demented clownery.


All body parts model’s own.

The catchphrases of two ’80s crime-stopper shows spring to mind at this point;
“Keep your eyes peeled” (not literally) and “Don’t have nightmares.”

Here’s some bedtime viewing for you.


Bonus movie.
Watch Stephen King’s original IT ***HERE***


Posted by on February 18, 2015 in Arts, Music, Photography, Video


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The joy of FX…

My pursuit of fantastical digital imagery continues this week, with two new examples of photographic layering.

As with previous efforts, all the photos used were taken by me and all editing and effects were done on my phone.

First, here’s Haunted:


…and this one is called Janus:


Having posted both pictures to my new Facebook photography page, an old friend of mine, Rick Francis (a talented photographer whose work will feature in an upcoming post) took “Janus” and applied his own treatment to it.

This was the result:


I loved the smooth, airbrushed look of his version, so I re-manipulated the image yet again and came up with today’s final picture, which I was going to call “Iron Butterfly”.
But since that name was taken by this lot some time ago, I’m going with Rick’s suggestion, Rainbow Kiss:



Posted by on February 12, 2015 in Arts, Music, Photography


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Camera obscure…

Among the various types of digital fiddling I occasionally engage in with my photographs, one of the most interesting I’ve experimented with so far is layering or overlaying several photos to form abstract or fantasy tinged images.

Here are my three favourites so far, I’d love to know what you think.

My first attempt;


Getting more adventurous;


And my latest masterpiece:


All three are composed entirely of, or created from, photos I took myself.

None of them have titles as yet.

I personally think the third one would make a great poster and I may well try getting it printed in large format to find out.


Posted by on February 8, 2015 in Arts, Photography


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