190202 Corners - matthew piers robertson • photography writing creative toronto

This image is something of a kaleidoscope. There's one quarter that's the original image, and the the other three quarters are that same image duplicated and rotated into a two-by-two grid. You can, of course, see the seams and joints running through the centre lines of the full image, but I consider that a feature, not a bug.

Actually, I've done that duplicate-and-rotate sequence twice, to create two layers of four images each that are overlaid for the final image. One set of four has been rotated to join its curved lines, creating the concentric pattern visible in the corners, and the other rotated in opposition to create the cruciform pattern that dominates the centre. The original file that these are built from is the thumbnail image that illustrates this post on the main blog page.

And since I had the images layered up in my pixel editor anyway, I played with the blend modes to create different effects. Top to bottom are Lighten, Luminosity, and Vivid Light. From there I brought them back into Capture One to make each one look more like itself, exaggerating differences and finding their strengths. I've even printed the middle one on matte paper, and quite enjoy it.


I don't know if there's any point to these, if there's any meaning here, but I suspect there isn't. I'm not an abstract artist. These aren't paintings that I've created out of the recesses of my psyche. They're experiments and accidents that I didn't anticipate and can't really claim credit for.

But what I can do is look for other images that might be the corner of something bigger, and create something intentional out of it.