Our third and final post on round things. Here we discuss seeing ideas, bringing the abstract to life.
Susan says, “Lucia has done something usual (for her) with this photo – she has applied filters that enhance the subject matter of her photo. In other words, she has aged the photograph of an aged wagon wheel. A meta filter. So what abstraction can be launched from this photograph? Obviously we could talk about the nature of meta or self-reference that has occurred here. We could also talk about how our history and the people who made it are fading away from us, disappearing into the earth just as this photograph and the filter are implying. Where did this handmade wooden wheel come from, how far has it travelled and who travelled with it. Unknowable.”
Lucia says, “This idea begins with an image of an antique wagon wheel, which I decided to push even further into the past with a sepia treatment of the photo. Of course, the old-fashioned effect is all done with software (the modern ‘darkroom’ so to speak). This mix of an old subject with new techniques can set off all kinds of ideas. Add to that Susan’s suggestions about history and you’ll probably get your audience involved in a little time traveling to bolster a spirited discussion.”
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