Thursday, August 29, 2013

Ghost in the machine?

Recently, I entitled a post "Synchronicity", so I thought I would stay with the "Police" theme and label this one "Ghost in the machine". Whilst prepping some materials for collage this past weekend (i.e., coating with acrylic medium), I noticed something interesting to me. I have shown this image previously in a post discussing the treasure trove of potential elements from the set of photography encyclopedia that a friend recently gave me. But here's the cool part (ghost in the machine? synchronicity?). I noticed that on the back of the industrial pipe photo was a photo of a guy jumping to his death out of a building. I thought perhaps this might be a macabre image I could use in some collage. The potential problem was that if I use the pipe, would that preclude me from using the man. The issue of using images from opposite sides of a page is fairly common. I can test this by holding the page up to one of my studio lights to determine if the images overlap. Unfortunately, they do. BUT, check out the juxtaposition of the images. It looks like the man is starting his travels through the industrial pipe. Kinda cool methinks! Hmmm, I wonder if I could make a "see-through" collage of some sort.

Weirdly and sadly, two other synchronous things that happened: just last night my friend Tom left me a message that he was listening to the Police's "Ghost in the Machine" that I had let him borrow last week and just last night I got word that an acquaintance of mine from PA was found dead of a single gunshot wound; presumably a suicide. Very sad...

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