Geoff Franklin

Posts tagged “Prayer

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.


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


Adieu

Adieu

I like this one, its core is a preparation piece for a more intricate image. I took this element and wove it into the  final image.

©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


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


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.