[Each of these images are made with 2 separate photographs layered in Photoshop. The water reflection photographs are in-camera double exposures and the fish is merely a figment of your imagination. If it was real it would not be fresh.]
© Karen McRae, 2013
54 thoughts on “Not to Scale”
Reminds me of your physical mylar pieces. Ro
Yes, I know what you mean, there is a similar quality – the photography is inspiring some painting…
OH, would to see the paintings Karen! The fish is remarkable. Lovely as always.
Thanks, Elena. Perhaps I’ll post some at some point – I work rather slowly…
I’d like to see them too! 🙂 These really have a painterly quality..lovely
These are quite lovely Karen. I do seem to be imagining a fish. 🙂
Oh good, I’m glad I’m not the only one. : )
Thank you, Phil. Send over one of your birds and the fish will disappear permanently…
I can definietly see a fish too.. Mmm. Beautiful as always Karen! 🙂
Hi Adrian, thank you! : )
On the beginning I thought, is it a Cat fish ?
Cat fish said to have incredible surviving power —- M m m !
What so ever, end products, the images are mesmerizing.
Like a feeling, looking but not looking and no thinking relaxed state.
I think it might be a carp, Yoshizen. It wasn’t actually surviving by the time I photographed it, if you know what I mean…
Thanks for your comment.
…of course, a figment of my imagination! Between you an me, it looks great in there!
Thank you, Marina! : )
very fascinating images…..They have a visionary and illusionistic effect.
Thank you, akanedou. I’m happy you like them.
Exciting and beautiful.
I love that you find them exciting, Bente! Thanks very much.
Fantastically jarring and elusive – very much like poetry.
Wow, what a great response, Richard. Thanks very much!
It’s a very pre-historic-looking fish! Of course, even though you are hankering for spring, I like the white tones 🙂
Trish, I like the white tones too, actually. You’ve probably noticed I like subtle tones and colours. The fish was a bit bloated (and dead) when I photographed it but the shape was interesting. : )
The outline of a fish is one of those weird & wonderful illusions that we all hope to capture in our photos I guess.
Thanks for your comment, Victoria. They are sort of interesting…
A beautiful result. Quite artful!
Thank you, Mimo!
Loving that fish !
Good to hear, Helen. Thank you.
Am neutral on the fish, but have always had a soft sport for water weeds – esp ones as insubstantial as these.
I like the weed dwellers and the weeds…
“Alive without breath,
As cold as death;
Never thirsty, ever drinking,
All in mail never clinking.”
I don’t get it. why wouldn’t it be fresh? Did the overlay create the fish? I like how the fish is a bit prehistoric – not a real fish.
Oh, I’ve confused you – The fish was dead actually, just floating along the shore – I think that’s why it looks a bit unusual.
LOL I thought you had reached a new creative level – creating fish-like images through manipulation !
I feel like I’m in a myth with this fish. It’s probably a hundred times bigger than I’m imagining. Beautiful.
A “fish myth”, yes. Say that 10 times fast – it’s not easy. : )
I believe this fish (if it were real) would be just over a foot long.
These are absolute magic!
Thanks, Christian. That’s very kind.
I see a Koi fish Karen ~ dreamy images.
It is a carp, I think, and a koi is a kind of carp. Thanks, Marina.
Two startling, thought-provoking pieces. Very enjoyable.
Thanks very much, Alessandro. I’m glad you find them thought provoking.
Magical..thought-provoking inspiring abstract. So very creative!!
Thanks so much, Marcie!
I don’t blame that fish in my imagination…
what a peaceful place to enjoy…
“The fish in the creek said nothing. Fish never do. Few people know what fish think about injustice, or anything else.”
― Ursula K. Le Guin, Catwings
“If it was real it would not be fresh” 🙂 Love the images Karen.
Thank you, Anette!
You master subtlety and mood. Brilliant work as usual, Karen!
That’s very kind of you, Millie. thanks so much.
I don’t think that fish is a figment of my imagination, I think it’s a fossil.
Oh, that’s interesting, a fossil. It is actually a floating dead fish, so in that case it would be a very fresh fossil!
And the bottom one reminds me of marble.
The fish was only my second impression. My first, before enlarging, was of an abstracted female nude, perhaps along the lines of a sculpture by Jean Arp.
It’s interesting to hear how other people perceive things, especially first impressions/associations. I can see what you mean, thanks for the link, Steve.
Really brilliant photo’s; they are like poems.