Category Archives: Photo-Manipulations

Effects and such applied to one photo source

Little Pasadena

Little Pasadena

A view of Pasadena from the edge of the Art Center College of Design campus, done as a tilt-shift fake miniature.

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Virgil’s Keep

Virgil's Keep

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January 1, 2014 · 10:13 AM

Toyol

Toyol

Alright, so I’ve recently had a lot of appointments that I needed to get off the Metro at the Westlake MacArthur Park station to get to. Every day when I left, I took the escalator down and looked at the mural above it. Your standard public art mural. Colorful designs in the middle, a few people of various ethnicities towards the edge. On one side there’s a man holding a little baby that, for reasons unknown, has nightmarish, jagged, empty holes full of pitch-black nothingness where its eyes ought to be, like something straight out of a goddamn horror movie.

This is a largely unedited photo of that demonic baby. I just dropped the lighting and saturation a little bit.

The name of this piece is taken from a creature found in Malay mythology known as  a Toyol, which is a demonic construct made by an evil wizard that is essentially a horrible, twisted mockery of everything a baby is. Mythology is weird like that.

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Fireworks

Fireworks

This is an actual photo from an early 4th of July fireworks show I attended (because there’s nothing more American than recklessly detonating illegal explosives in public just to see the pretty lights), with very minimal filters applied. Don’t worry, its just the smoke from the fireworks illuminated by the fireworks themselves. Even in America we’re not crazy enough to include suitcase nukes in celebratory fireworks displays…. yet

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He’s Watching You

He's Watching You

Just an edit of an old World War II propaganda poster that I made for fun. I may have mentioned in the past that I am seriously creeped out by Kewpie dolls. Its those eyes, man. Those smug, soulless black eyes. Always staring. Watching. Mocking, with that sadistic little smirk on their faces, like they’re up to something. Nothing good has a face like that, man.

Given the choice between the two of them watching me, I actually might prefer the Wehrmacht from the original poster. Sure, those guys were evil, but at least they didn’t look like something out of a toy maker’s nightmare. They didn’t grin a twisted little grin as they killed you, and stare directly into your soul, laughing at your sins.

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Los Angeles Metro Gold Line: Little Tokyo Arts District

I take the Los Angeles Metro a lot to get to and from appointments on the other side of town. Whenever I take the Gold Line, the main above ground branch of the Metro and the closest to my house, I tend to look out the window a lot, and when I do I tend to notice a lot of stuff that I’d like to go take pictures of. Unfortunately, I can’t stop and get out for fear of missing said appointments, so in September of 2012 I began an ongoing expedition to get off at every stop on the Gold Line and take pictures, which extended into the new year due to delays. Many of the stops ended up not having anything interesting, but those that did more than made up for the difference.

These are from the fourth stop, Little Tokyo Arts District Station

Roket Lens

Roket Lens

An oddly labeled wall

 

14 Yellow Squares

14 Yellow Squares

 

Mega Toys

Mega Toys

An abandoned toy warehouse near Little Tokyo Arts District Station on the Los Angeles Metro Gold Line. I just missed Scooby-Doo and the gang. Adjusted to provide appropriate spooky ambiance, because the real deal didn’t have the common decency to be haunted (as is required by law of all abandoned entertainment, industrial, medical, scientific, educational and military establishments and at least 50% of all abandoned castles, graveyards and miscellaneous ruins).

 

The Eye

The Eye

So yeah, I basically ignored the arts district and went instead for the warehouse district. I like industrial stuff.

 

Oil Well

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All the Little Metal Boxes

All the Little Metal Boxes

A warehouse lot full of salvaged serving area interface boxes. I swear, sometimes it feels like someone set these places up specifically for me to take a picture of.

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Plywood Sign

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Another view from Chinatown Station on the Los Angeles Metro Gold Line Station, done as a tilt-shift fake miniature photo.

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MJB Why? (fake miniature)

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Just experimenting with using a tilt-shift filter for making photos look like photos of miniatures

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Ethereal Text

Etherial Text

So I was practicing my basic letterform components for my Typography class, and instead of wasting time taking the tracing paper off the drawing board when I ran out of room, I just stuck a new sheet on. After a while, I noticed that the stacked letterform components looked really cool. One photograph and five minutes of ‘Shopping later, I got this.

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Twisted Mass

Twisted Mass

So I was playing with a kneaded eraser (instead of paying attention to my Typography professor), and I noticed that it ripped and stretched into these really twisted organic shapes, and I thought I could totally make art with this. So I bought two more kneaded erasers, squished them together, took a photo, and fucked around with colors and transparency effects until I got something I liked.

I still use the two kneaded erasers as a stress ball. Hooray for improvised materials.

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