Since it’s spooky season, I thought I’d share a few of my little art projects. For the longest time I’ve been a fan of Salvador Dali and I had his painting of “Soft Construction with Boiled Beans” up on my wall growing up. It was painted with realism but he brought in surreal concepts. Over the past few years, I’ve created a few of my own surreal composites by dropping in elements of photos I’ve taken, but placed in surreal worlds. It’s fun for me to look back on where I started, up to my more recent work. I hope you enjoy them!
My first piece was a mix of the Philadelphia cityscape, with an alternate universe skyline. Somewhere in the entirety of the vast Universe, I’d like to think there are views like this one. Multiple planets and moons orbit in close proximity. Later on, I thought about how the close proximity of large planets may wreak havoc on the gravitational pull. That one comes later on.
In 2017 we had a great lunar eclipse that spanned a good portion of North America. I thought I’d whip up something a bit more drastic and exaggerated. I’d be a little nervous if this was what was actually seen over Philadelphia.
Oh something different! This is the Tarrytown Lighthouse also known as Kingsland Point Light and Sleepy Hollow Light. I wanted to isolate it, which seems to be a theme moving on.
Is that . . . Philadelphia? Things are starting to get weird with a scene from the down under. I think we’re going to need a bigger boat.
It’s time to push the imagination now. What happens in the alternate reality with the Great Rending on Earth 52. Rivers dried up and our once great cities need some form of an anchor. And yes, that’s poor alternate Philadelphia up there.
The year is 2020. Our planet, our reality. The feeling of isolation from the global pandemic has weighed heavily on me, and I put that into this composition. And to pull the curtain back a little, the I took background shot while on top of Haleakala in Hawaii, and the old structure was in Southern New Jersey. It’s been knocked down since I took the photo.
That’s all for now. I rarely share these anywhere since they aren’t my typical work. Sometimes pretty landscapes aren’t enough to feed my imagination and it’s fun to try and create something.