Geoff Franklin

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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


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/

 


Waiting out Time

Waiting out Time

Waiting out time on Mount Oylmpus

The summit of Mount Olympus, stands the meeting place of the gods. The mountain in northern Greece was said to be where the gods and goddesses built their palaces. Any of the gods could live on the great mountain summit, but no human was ever allowed there under any conditions.

The image was made with a different sampling technique. The source was shot for a rotating gif.

 

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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 Dolls Come Alive at Night

The Dolls Come Alive at Night

The Dolls Come Alive at Night.

As a child, i had an overactive imagination and believed that once out of the room objects would come to life. I think many of us do, hence the movie Toy Story was so popular.

I also had some puppets with strange eyes that were always disturbing and felt their eyes followed me around my room. They mostly lived in a draw out of sight. But i was always aware they were there – waiting.

 

©Geoff Franklin 2017

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Magic Carpet Ride

Magic Carpet Ride

From the Brightling to Dymchurch series.

Magic Carpets are something of all children’s imagination, and if you are lucky like me you took it with you into adulthood.


itch the scratch

itch the scratch

“itch the scrath”  from the Brightling to Dymchurch series

©Geoff Franklin 2016


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/


Romney Fog

Romney Fog

Romney Fog, from the Brightling to Dymchurch series.

 

©Geoff Franklin 2016


Witches of Cripps Corner

Witches of Cripps Corner

Witches of Cripps Corner, from the Brightling to Dymchurch Series.


Starvecrow Lane

Starvecrow Lane

Girl in a red dress, Starvecrow Lane Peasmarsh East Sussex.

I was driving from Brightling down to Rye and took a detour down some country roads and ended up driving down Float Lane loving the name thinking about how boring and unimaginative some road names are and then it got better, Float Lane runs into Dumb Womans Lane. What I like is that this road name has survived. Another road name i like is a few miles away in Peasmarsh, Starvecrow Lane the title of this piece.


Fullers Folly

Fullers Folly

Fullers Folly

From Brightling to Dymchurch

This is the first picture in the series, Brightling, resting place of Mad Jack Fuller, the eccentric squire squire of Brightling East Sussex, builder of follies including his own Mausoleum constructed in the shape of a pyramid. Folk lore had it that he was buried in full dress suit with top hat sat at a table with a roast chicken and bottle of wine set before him. Sadly, though it might have been his last wish, when the pyramid was restored in the 198o’s he was found to have been buried in the conventional manner.


Mermaid of Wish Ward

Mermaid of Wish Ward

From Brightling to Dymchurch: Mermaid of Wish Ward Rye.

 


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


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 Lady Day

The Lady Day

“I would like to see when it goes right” – Mimi

This started life as a picture that went hopelessly wrong and however much work i did on it I couldn’t get it right. I was left with a shell of the body. I was about to chuck it in a file when i had a light bulb moment. I had shot the face this week and intended to drop it into another body i had shot, an art deco statue. However since I had the body i dropped it into it. The antlers came next. Again i had shot them for something else but this picture was taking on a life of its own and was a case of developing on the screen. The ruff started life as a clock face and i was going to use it as a halo,but it slipped, i like the idea of a slipped halo, we all have those moments.
And thats near enough it, a picture I am really happy with.

The title. “The Lady Day”
There is a reason behind most of my titles for the pictures but this came afterwards. I had no idea what to call it. I emailed the picture to several friends inviting them to title the picture. There were several suggestions but a theme developed around it being called The Lady xxx. Eventually The Lady of the Days emerged as a fave. A coincidence really as I was listening to a play as I was working on the picture and they mentioned Lady Day. The Lady Day in the England prior to 1752, being March 25th was New Years Day. In 1752 they switched calendars from the Julian to the Gregorian. 1751 in effect was a short year. It ran from the 25thMarch to 31st Dec. So Lady Day was settled on.
So to personalise the picture I called it “The Lady Day”

©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.


Karnival

Karnival