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Imaginging Possibiities

French Horn by Doug Saglio I

In 1993 I was operating a dye tranfer printing laboratory and gallery in Worcester, Masschusetts when I received a request from John Geheran, the vp of sales at Bose Corporation to make photographs of musical instruments for their stores. Since I did not have appropriate lighting equipment or studio space I commisioned Douglas Saglio, who had a fully equipped studio directly above our space, to create suitable images. I purchased copyrights to the images from Doug. We made prinst of selected images for the Bose stores.

At this time photographic technologies were changing rapidly and Eastman Kodak discontinued the dye transfer process which had been invented in the 1930s and used primarily in creation of advertising material doing the manipulations that were being taken over by Photoshop. It was also the basis for the Technicolor process for film makeing and accounts for the brilliant color of Gone With The Wind. Hense, the photographic world was going digital.

Original studio photograph by Doug Saglio.

The first consequence of dignital was coming to terms wwith the potential of digital imaging (after buying a high-end drum scanner for about the price of a fine automobile).

Digital opened a new world of possibilities. The image below: Allemande No.7 for Solo Horn is the first in my collection created digitally. I began this work in the mid-90s. The version I show here was finished in 2009. Work on such an image bears a resemblance to painting in that the possibilities are infinite but arriving at something worth keeping is difficult.

Each image is made from a single photograph (except for those of the sassy saxophones). Below are a finished image and two of the layers used to build the final image. In this case, more than one versions of each layer is used to create the final picture.

After finishing this image in 2009 I began an intensive effort to create new french horn image and found, to my surprise, considerable potential in the saxophone

Untitled photo

The main layer is multiples of the full horn. The background is madew up copies of a segment of the french horn repeated to create repeating rhythm (ostinato in musiclal terms). Modified copies of these two layers are miixed together.

Principle layer consisting of eight copies of the original horn (above).

Untitled photo

Background “grid” layer made from repetitions of a portion of the original horn image. Note the transparent “windows.”

Allemonde No.7 for Solo Horn, 2009, Cat. No. LM 0016

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