THE FIRST TWO IMAGES in this gallery are the source images for all the others. Each image uses only one source image. Allemande No. 7, I made in the mid 1990s. I had been asked by the vice-president of sales of Bose Corporation to make images of musical instruments for Bose stores. Not having a studio, I asked photographer Douglas Saglio to make photographs for me, two of which are the first two in this gallery. At the time I was CEO of a fine art printing and marketing company called EverColor Fine Art. We made prints of these images for display in Bose stores.
As an extension to the original photographs I began to experiment with what could be done with Photoshop using a single image as raw material. The first result (after many experiments) was Allemande No. 7 ("allemande" is an ancient dance form). It is made of layers of the instrument assembled into a new geometry, each layer modified in a different way. I created a background (which I call the "ostinato") by repeating a small portion of the instrument. There are many layers of variations on the original image used to produce the final result. The nature of the process results in images that can be printed large, limited only by the 44" maximum paper size my printer can accommodate which in turn limits the short dimension of the print. Hence 44 inches by 10 feet is practical and appears sharp and clear viewed from two feet away.
About 10 years later, as we struggled to find a replacement for the discontinued dye transfer process ink jet printers (sometimes referred to as gliclée) with excellent color and pigmented inks highly resistant to fading become available. In combination with faster computers and more advanced versions of Photoshop this opened a new world for digital fine art.
I chose to pick up where I left off with Doug Saglio's original images, but with new techniques that made use of the more versitle Photoshop (version 12 as compared to version 3). A central part of the technique is to extract the edges of the instrument in such a way that the image becomes partly transparent. A simple example is image MM 0032 (the fourth in line) that I call I Can See Right Through You. Watching the slide show is the best way to experience this effect (be sure to click on the arrows for full screen). The remainder of the images all use mainly edges, sometimes combined with portions of the solid images.