Geoff Franklin

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Contemplation

Contemplation

This is a segment of a far larger, more intricate photomontage. In the main image it will be a small segment but i liked it so much I thought I would give it its own page on this site.


Twins of the Forest

Twins of the Forest

Twins of the Forest

All civilisations have myths and folklore about twins, some half the whole others good and bad.Its said some villages killed one at birth to give magical powers to the other  twin. #folklorethursday #myths #narrative #storytelling


from a distant land

from a distant land

I am continually asked how long an image takes to build. My usual reply is from a day to a month. This one started some three years ago and i got distracted and its one of six that i have used these cold dark days to finish. Jan 2018

I parked the initial version of the masque section on the main website but it was always my intention to finish it in this way.  London 2018

 

All images on www.geoff-franklin.com and www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog ©Geoff Franklin 2000-2018 No reproduction without permission


Divine Guidance

Divine Guidance

This image is close to the original sketch i made, its much rougher around the edges than previous images i have made in this style.

I was wanting a Jeanne d’Arc figure and think it works well.


Santa Muerte

Santa Muerte

Nuestra Señora de la Santa Muerte. – Our Lady of the Holy Death is a  is a female deity from Mexico and south-West United States

 


6 -a perfect number

6 -a perfect number

In maths 6 is a perfect number. It also occurs in many of the worlds religions . From man being created on the 6th day, to the Buddhist Samsara, the wheel of life where there are 6 spheres of existence . The Christian bible is littered with references to the number 6

In Rome they had 6 Vestal Virgins. Girls chosen from noble birth to be charged with keeping the soul of Rome. This meant keeping an everlasting fire alight. Should it go out would mean bad omens for Rome and its armies.

The goddess Vesta was the goddess of fire. Vestals were chosen from the age of 6six and were married to the city of Rome.  To break from their virgin vow meant death. In 114 BC the Vestal Marcia took a lover. As punishment she was condemned to death and buried alive


Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch

Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch

Ghosts of the Marsh, Romney, Hythe and Dymchurch from the series Brightling to Dymchurch

 

Other from the series  http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/owl-of-the-marsh/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/235-les-trois-ballerines/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/itch-the-scrath/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/wishing-tree-of-winchelsea/

 


Ecstasy and the Angels

Ecstasy and the Angels

The sprite Ecstasy dancing for the twin Angels

 

image ©Geoff Franklin 2017

 

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The Storyteller

The Storyteller

The Storyteller.

One of the great experiences in life is sat around a camp fire in the woods telling stories, the scarier the better. There is always ambient noises of nature all around to add to the atmosphere, the vulnerability of your back to the darkness with someone weaving a tale into your imagination.


Theatre Ghost

Theatre Ghost

Every Theatre Has A Ghost.

Growing up next to a graveyard, which naturally was my playground, I never really believed in ghosts, i am quite happy wandering graveyards at night.

I have know a few who swear blind they have seen ghosts, I never judged them as I always kept an open mind, my rational side says no but by imaginative side would love it.

I have shot quite a few times in theatres, mostly actor portraits but you nearly always hear the tale, usually from the doormen of the ghosts that roam the theatres.  I like this ides of ghosts roaming, performing.Can you imagine Shakespeare performed by a cast of ghosts.

Is this why all theatres have a ghost light placed in the centre of the stage lit at night?

Then, a couple of years ago I arrived home from a shoot at about two in the morning. Where we live at two a.m.  its quiet, very quiet. So as to not disturb my neighbours I parked in a strip of the road where we don’t have houses, bordering a school playing field. I was just getting my lighting cases out of the back of the car when a womans voice coming from over my shoulder said “Are You Alright?” I shot out of my skin, turned around and there was nobody there. Nothing, just the quiet of the night. There is enough street lighting  to be able to see. The voice was spoken and I would say from no more than a couple of feet away.

No apparition, nothing. I did get a chill. I am still unable to explain it.

 

image ©Geoff Franklin 2017

 


Wishing Tree of Winchelsea

Wishing Tree of Winchelsea

One of the images from the Brightling to Dymchurch series. Winchelsea is one of those beaches not as popular as Camber which has the benefit that there are never too many people on the beach. It is a favourite place of mine, especially at low tide with its  sands and its 6000 year old sunken forest at Pett Level.

 

Other from the series  http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/owl-of-the-marsh/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/235-les-trois-ballerines/

http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/itch-the-scrath/

 


Owl of the Marsh

Owl of the Marsh

Owl of the Marsh

Another image from the series from Brightling to Dymchurch. The owl of the marsh is a nod to the smugglers of Romney Marsh to the east of Rye.

other images from the series

Romney Fog

Fullers Folly

Magic Carpet Ride

itch the scratch


A Gothic Tale

A Gothic Tale

A Gothic Tale,

A break from the recent style. This is an elaborate doodle, I was trying out technique combinations and different types of masking. some of the elements have gone on to be used in other images, the central figure for example ended up as  http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/gestalt/


The Puppeteer

The Puppeteer

The Puppeteer.

This is one of those images that i would do a little bit of work on put it away come back to it do a bit more and so on. Started life in La Rochelle, moved on to Rome, and finished here in England. Its quite a simple construct but was started over six months ago. It is designed as a stock image and comes in horizontal and vertical formats.


dream part2

dream part2

number2 in the dream series


dream part1

dream part1

This is the first started in the dream series but third to be finished but i like this one so much i am going to put it up for everyone to enjoy it.


sleep

sleep

This is the third in the trilogy, silence, salt and now sleep. I have started a new project and have been so engrossed in it that I forgot to post this as promised. I think need an assistant.


salt

salt

As promised the second in the series of three. The third is now finished and called serpent – sneak preview bottom right. Inspired by reading Shakespeare in Rome with all its magnificent architecture and sculpture. Again multiple layer masks were created and overlaid and blended. The original size is 16×16 inch.

©Geoff Franklin 2015


the silence

the silence

Called the silence this is one of a triptych. Salt, the silence, the sprite. The sprite, started fist remains unfinished. When it is I will put the three together and put them in this space.

Geoff Franklin 2015


the sentinels

the sentinels

I shouldn’t read Shakespeare in Rome, I start producing work like this.


and so came eden

and so came eden

This picture evolved as i was making it. There are four photographs as the core of the image and i made several mask layers using 3 different templates that i have used before. Not so many actions were used and the whole construction is much simpler.


Les enfants du Montmartre

Les enfants du Montmartre

Les enfants du Montmartre

The idea for this came from a flat relief i saw on a gravestone in Montmartre cemetery in Paris. It is one of the set from the series En Marge Du Bonheur    http://geoff-franklin.com/springboard/en-marge-du-bonheur/
Once I had the idea it was quite easy to construct the image, and not a million miles away from how I visualised it, except the original was in colour but I chose black and white as I felt it added more atmosphere to the image.
©Geoff Franklin London 2015


l’opéra du doute

l'opéra du doute

l'opéra du doute

I didnt realise my work was so popular amongst students until I had a visit this week from a student who wanted some advice about their work. I think he was shocked by the amount of time that goes into making an image. This picture is an example of one of those images that I would probably have filed away to go back to at a later date but I wanted to show how many incarnations that an image goes through, til its get to a point of being finshed. I didnt do a drawing for this as I kind of knew my starting point and it was to be a simple picture. The first image on the second row was my finished image, for about half an hour. However, the more I looked at it, the more I was not happy with aspects of the picture and started picking at it. What was intended to be a simple image became quite complicated.
It then when through a process of producing an alternate version, the green one, and then combining and recomining them, overlaying and cutting back parts of the picture several times. I prefer this method to masking as it has a more traditional feel as if I had a scalpel in my hand. The final layer was to add to the figure, I took a mask I had made for the foreground of the image Je t'appartiens http://www.geoff-franklin.com/photoblog/je-tappartiens/ and laid it upon the body of the central figure.
It was then a matter of playing with the colour balance across the image remembering that it is to fit into the series En Marge du Bonheur <http://geoff-franklin.com/springboard/en-marge-du-bonheur/
If you click on the evolution montage it should enlarge.
 
© Geoff Franklin 2015
evolution

 


seuls ensemble

seuls ensemble

Introducing a new style into the theme. I had the idea for the background looking at a stained glass window in a church in Tunbridge Wells and introduced it into a linear action to create the overlay.

©Geoff Franklin 2015