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Silent Music

Introduction to LightSongs®

I began this body of work using Photoshop with a single photograph of a saxophone, french horn or piano. The saxophone and french horn required studio light and expertise which I did not have so I hired Douglas Saglio (who resided one floor up from my own lab and gallery) to do that work. The piano is my own and I photographed it in my home.

I made the first images in 1995 and am still working on others. Photoshop provides extraordinary capability and, as with a musical instrument, there are nearly infinite possibilities. It is a large challengy to find the right ones to explore. To get images like these with a paint brush...I would not want to try.

So what happens to make these images? It is a kind of partnership. Of course Photoshop does not make decisions as such on its own, but what it does is extraordinarily flexible. The designers have put in more tools than I have time to try. However, the more capable the tools the longer it takes to explore possibilities, although that is only a begining. One can go down some pretty ugly roads. A complex creation may require years of tuning until that which is interesting becomes, perhaps, a work of art.

Each image here is made from a single photograph of a single instrument (with the exception of the Sassy Saxophones).

This is my collection so far. Some I think are quite extraordinary but they did not get that way until the very end.

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Each image will link you to a gallery, and each gallery is the expression of a single instrument: French Horn, Saxophone or Piano.

But how can it be, from a saxophone comes a “contradance,” from a single stright picture, and no cutting into pieces.

Scientist would call it an “emergent phenomina,” something new is born from what already exists.

Well, you say, that is what a wood carver does. And I say, yes a little bit but my tool kit is very large and it stimulates my imagination and I can experiment which means I can undo as well as do.

The result is printed just as photograph would be, but just a bit better on the best printer and the best paper the famous French papermaker, Canson, can make. And they will never fade, from sunlight or from your memory.


Click on the double arrows for a full screen slide show.

Saxophone ~ Contradances

French Horns


Saxophone Oddities

Sassy Poraits

Sassy Parades

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