Geoff Franklin

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Romney Fog

Romney Fog

Romney Fog, from the Brightling to Dymchurch series.

 

©Geoff Franklin 2016


Rye,flutterbye

Rye,flutterbye

Another from the Brightling to Dymchurch series.  This one the Rye Butterfly


Gestalt

Gestalt

First for a while, been away collecting new images. This image has been sat on my desktop for a couple of months not quite finished. The problem was with the background. I tried tow different backgrounds but in the end reverted to the original and worked on modifying it.


dream part2

dream part2

number2 in the dream series


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


le domaine des rêves

le domaine des rêves

le domaine des rêves

This is a back of the envelope idea that made it through to the finished image more or less as it was sketched . I knew I was going to use the central figure, it was a question of how I built the image around it. I had originally though of an endless corridor of doors stretching into the distance and a pile of keys spread around the floor. So the idea of a gatekeeper was in my mind when i thought of using they lions. I was once at Hever Castle in Kent where Anne Boylen had spent her youth, and came across an urn with a triple headed lion on its side. So i was thinking of using this idea but it distracted from the central images. So i then thought of the lions that sit at the foot of Nelsons column in Trafalgar Square, but they have always looked quite passive. I then  remembered shooting some Lions in Paris on my last trip that fitted the idea.

It was then a question of adding the textures to the image. This was done by sampling the base image by creating hundreds of layers and assigning actions to these layers. It was then a process of colour balance and selective editing of layers to create the final image.


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


Je t’appartiens

Je t'appartiens

Je t’appartiens. Theophilus, of Adana, the servant of two masters.

The unhappy cleric who sold his soul to the devil for power only to be redeemed by the Virgin Mary. His story is the inspiration for the Faust legend.

 

 

©Geoff Franklin 2015 &2017


Rae-Paris

Rae-Paris

Rae Paris,

In my previous post i talked of images that can take a while to produce. This image has had several incarnations before i arrived at the version. This one was a case of less is more, i had made quite a complicated abstract one which i was never truely happy with and kept reworking it until today when i stripped it back to the original elements and started over and the final piece was created quite quickly.

©Geoff Franklin 2015


La parade des amoureux

La parade des amoureux
la parade des amoureux

Back to hundreds of layers and a thousand actions. This image was very simple to construct, composed of two images. I first made a fine mask for the base layer and laid a rougher mask over it. I then made a couple of hundred actions for each layer of the rough mask and in turn made masks for those layers and cut them back.

I did however, make a simple error that cost me a lot of time. I dont use an autosave on the files but choose at crucial times in the construction to make saves. With all the actions the file size was running into gigabytes so before I saved I dumped many layers that had been used or discarded. With this was one layer that I had spent a couple of hours on and had turned off its visibility as it was going to be used later. I accidentally dumped it, saved the file and when It came time to switch the layer back on I realised my error. Most annoying as it had taken so long and I was really happy with it. I have not made a mistake like that for such a long time as I am always saving off the images. I always make a save as copy as images are like a series of road forks, you can be following a certain path, realise there is a point where the image has deviated from your idea and is not worth pursuing and unpicking an image like this can be almost impossible. I have 34 full image saves on this alone and referred back to an earlier version on two occasions. In all this image took about 10 hours to construct. Some can be quicker, others can stretch into days and weeks.

The final image is 30×22 inch.

©Geoff franklin 2015


La Danse De La Vie

La Danse De La Vie

La danse de la vie

I had a visitor today just as I was finishing this image, they thought it was a drawing until I showed them the original source images.

The main figure in the centre I found in a cemetery in North Lancashire, and was quite unusual for that grave yard.     The mask i used in this is much more ragged stripping away more of the subject. I am interested in how the brain joins the dots in the rebuilding. This  give  the figures very a organic appearance rather than the stone originals they are.

©Geoff Franklin 2015


Seul dans la brume

Seul dans la brume

This is from the set I am working on called en marge du bonheur, link to the series here:   http://geoff-franklin.com/springboard/en-marge-du-bonheur/

This image has been sat on my desktop unfinished for a couple of months. It needed a couple of tweaks, I ended up stripping it back and completely rebuilding it – works though.


Endless Winter

Endless Winter

Death, The Endless Winter