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The Martian

The Martian

The Martian

This Martian War Machine is one of a number of sculptures set around Woking and in Horsell Common, that celebrate the author H.G. Wells who lived in Woking at the time he wrote his famous novel The War Of The Worlds. It has been adapted so many times but in the original it is here, in my home town, that the Martians first land. They proceed to wipe out most of the area around where I live before heading up to London via Kingston and Richmond. I would love to one day see or hear a production that is actually set in its original location! Until then I decided to give the Martian sculpture a menacing and alien looking backdrop using various overlays of smoke and granite. This is my entry for the Fotospeed Challenge using an image photographed over the weekend. The sunshine really gave a boost to the metal workings of the sculpture! I created a few images of the machine, the second that I’m posting here was shot from directly under the sculpture.

Martian War Machines

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Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

Weekly Photo Challenge: Selfie

This week’s challenge theme prompted me to revisit a piece I started working on a couple of years ago. I had put it aside about a year ago as I felt I was starting to overwork it.

When I opened it up again in Photoshop I could clearly see that I’d overcomplicated the composition with far too many unnecessary elements. Sometimes less is more! I wanted to leave an air of mystery to the piece.

I really enjoy creating portrait montages with a surreal/fantasy undertone. I have a series of self portraits that I call Dreamscapes and this is number five in the series “Moonstruck”.

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Page 1

Page 1

This one is for all Doctor Who fans out there!

Yes, I’m a geek and proud :-)! The new series started tonight and completely changed all my plans for today’s photo in just one line “It’s not a leaf, it’s page one”.

Clara’s parting words to The Doctor not only reminded me off the collection of leaves I’d pressed last Autumn but also of Rene Magritte.

I’d just like to add that the only thing added in Photoshop to this image is the text, as I wanted to find a font similar to that used by Magritte!

If you want to find out anything about the new series of Doctor Who visit http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b006q2x0

And if you like your Audiobooks then pay Big Finish a visit http://www.bigfinish.com/

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Eye Dream

Eye Dream

Eye Dream

Cerulean dream
Of seas swirling
A churning mix
Of rich ultramarine
And turquoise hues
Partitioned from
The blues of
Summer skies
Under the aegis
Of crepuscular light
Crimson bright with
Teal and gold
A vision so bold
I’m in sight of
The silhouetted gis
Of birds in flight
The sound of the surf
Crashes in my ears
Within this hypnagogic
Theme it seems my
Tears are just a
Silent lamentation
In certain regret
That I but dream