Saturday, June 29, 2013

Round Robin: This Is Not Here

For this week's Round Robin Challenge: Not Real, I asked to see "something that isn't real - an optical illusion, a fictional character on stage, fake pearls, a toy sailboat, a tofu hamburger...really, anything that looks like something that it isn't." For my example photo on the RRPC blog post, I edited a photo of a dragon figurine, inserting a background that was part Arizona Sonora Desert Museum, part Pirates of the Caribbean at Disneyland. I plan to do something similar here.

At the same time, though, I have stuck in my head the title of an art exhibit that was at the Everson Museum of Art in Syracuse in October, 1971, when 14 years old. The artist behind the controversial exhibit was Yoko Ono (guest artist John Lennon!) and the name of it was This Is Not Here. I've always regretted that I didn't take the bus downtown to see that.

Without further ado, here are some things that aren't here. Or rather, they are, but they aren't where they appear to be, and they aren't what they kind-of appear to be!

The four cars of this train through the Molino Basin picnic area are from my Dad's old N scale set-up in Wilmington, which I snagged when we were clearing out his place before moving him here. They are actually on our mantle in the den.

This diesel train was running around a track at the Gadsden Pacific Division Toy Train Operating Museum last weekend. The background is Verde Canyon, where we rode on a real train that does nowhere in particular, back on my 50th birthday trip around Arizona in March 2007. I've tried to suggest that it's emerging from behind some vegetation.

This didn't work, but I had to attempt it. When I was in college the first time, back in 1978 or so, I attempted to make a student film that double-exposed images of lead Dungeons and Dragons figurines superimposed over my friends dressed in fantasy clothing against a real world background. I still can't quite manage the effect! This is a counter top, a real face (part of one, anyway) and a real sky.

This wooden decoy duck was decorated by my Dad about 20 years ago. The little yellow guy with the hat, Desperado Duck, starred in a series of photos I posted years ago, following him downstream as he really floated along in Reid Park. I added them both to a shot of geese in one of the Reid Park duck ponds.

Turnout is light this time. What do you think? Dare you try to show us something that isn't real? Post it and I'll add your name below!


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1 comment:

Jama said...

I like what you did with the editing, they come out very well. I for one, really don't like to spend too much time doing editing on my photos, just too