Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Lead Foot #3: Heaven's Buck-Toothed Grin

I didn't notice it for quite a while.

I was focused on processing the print, on duplicating layers to add sharpness and glow. My mind was on the colors and on the use of textures.

When I finished all the technical work, my brain tried to wrap itself around a title for the print. The clouds are so dark and turbulent compared to that bright patch of blue sky. The blue sky reminded me of a metaphor for hope, and I had initially contemplated an appropriately matching title. I even saved the image with that title.

Then, I saw it. I wanted to unsee it instantly, but my brain had already latched onto the image. In some circles, it's called "matrixing," where your brain tries to make sense of a random pattern. "Matrixing" explains why people see ghosts in photographs where all there is are random tree branches and a barn owl.

Anyway, no ghosts here, I'm afraid. That would have been too much to hope for.

Nope. I've got a big, ol' buck-toothed grin.

See it? Look again. Those perfectly positioned white clouds at the peak of that bright blue sky.

Even heaven has a sense of humor.

1 comment:

  1. haha! It so looks like the cloud is smiling with a big buck-toothed grin! I didn't realize that Matrixing meant that..I do that. Thanks for teaching me a new word, Teacher. :)