Sunday, August 26, 2007
This is a Trachyphyllia geoffroyi. It has a common figure 8 shape, but comes in a variety of other shapes.
The header shot links to other images of the project I`m working on. I have included detail crops of the larger images, to show the expertise of the artist`s craft. The planes in these images are B-17`s. The image called "Final Approach" is of my friend`s plane. After completing 26 missions over Germany in WW2, he was shot down, & wounded. He spent the remainder of the war as a POW.
He is now 80+ yrs. old, & I`m documenting a lot of his files for history`s sake.
The images are taken from three sources. One is a small photograph (Final Approach) that is 3.5x4.5 inches.
I shoot a photo of it at high res. then enlarge it.
In that image, you can see a detail of a man on a bicycle, smoking a pipe, & wearing a reddish brown jacket & a fedora.
The other image is a color transparency of the same size as the first one. For that one I used a Light Tray for slides, but I got a better result by paper clipping it to a sheet of paper & pinning that to the wall, next to a window in my office, with the subject & it`s paper backing, extended into the sunlight streaming in the window. Both of these images are of paintings in oil, by Merv Corning & commissioned by my friend. I think the paintings are exceptional in their color & the cicumstances depicted.
In "Wounded On Board", the light on the farmland & the details in the image do not distract from the seriousness of the situation. The plane is limping back with one engine out, another spitting up chunks of hot metal, & there are two seriously wounded men on board. I`ve read a lot of the mission reports & feel like I almost know some of the men that were with Dick during those times. He was just over 20 years old at the time. I`ve only known him for 25 years but It`s like I`ve always known him.