Istanbul, Turkey. I watched a movie on television tonight that took place in Istanbul. It was an action movie in which the protagonist chased the “bad guys” through a lot of narrow alleyways. In doing so, numerous fruit stands were destroyed. In one scene a speeding SUV blasted through one of the stands, reducing it to a pile of kindling, and showering bystanders with fruit fragments. In a number of scenes a “bad guy” was thrown over a bannister or out of a window onto unsuspecting civilians below. At least one game of chess and two or three tea sessions were totally ruined by thugs unexpectedly falling from the sky. The movie portrayed Istanbul as a cold and unforgiving place, with a seemingly endless series of narrow alleyways and fruit stands. While I was in the city I did notice quite a few narrow walkways. However, not one fruit stand ever exploded. Also, not once did anyone fall off a balcony or through a bannister into my immediate vicinity. What I’ll remember most of this city is it’s complex and rich culture that would materialize in colorful and intricate bursts like in the scene above.
After work tonight I started fiddling around with Photoshop. It was immediately calming. I started to play around with layers and to arrange mirror images. Anyone who uses Photoshop long enough will probably do this exact thing at some point. The will probably think, just as I did, whoa, this is cool. They might also get lost in a computer vortex. In my case, a number of hours passed in a trance-like state. These hours resulted in sore eyes, a case of psychological trauma from being in front of a screen for half a night, and these strange images. Enjoy. The original images were all shots taken at night, mostly of roads, except for the one with the red orbs. That was a shot of red lanterns adorning the aerial space outside a temple (see original below).
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Taipei 101 on New Year’s Eve as seen from the 14th floor rooftop of the Meeting Place hostel. Awesome firepower to ring in 2012. Photographs by Mike. Animation by friend. Happy New Year!