abstract, winter human and animal figures

Wizard Summons Spirit Bear

This came from a photo shoot I had a couple weeks ago with a giant tree stump (see below)–maybe ten feet tall, hollow and falling apart, with most of one side fallen away. This was shot up into its insides.

I was about to discard the original as unusable, when I thought I’d try it as a “phabstraction.” That’s my name for radically color-modified photographs that become more like abstract art, where the result must suggest something completely different from the original subject (unlike “phantasy”).

As usual, I started with a color inversion just to see if I can find something and was quite surprised to see the man to the left, standing atop the cliffs, and the giant animal head floating above him to the right. Once I see what I want, I just modify the colors to emphasize it and to set the mood I want to convey.

All this, hidden inside an ugly old tree stump! I think this is the best phabstraction yet.

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What the camera saw:
wizard summons spirit bear, as shotWhat a bystander would see:
wizard summons spirit bear, bystander photo

 

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