If I could take photos in the middle of the night, while remaining completely silent so as not to disturb the gently rumbling Mrs SHPics, then I would…But unfortunately I’m not a quiet kind of guy…Even the tremulous trip from darkened bedroom to laptop-lit study involved multiple collisions, stubbed toes and mumbled curses so I’m lucky I got away with it.
Once safely esconsed, I found myself looking through some images I took at the monastery of Santa Maria de Guadalupe in the Extremadura region of central Spain on a motorcycle tour last year.
I’d never done anything with them..Whenever I make a major trip I tend to come back with a heck of a lot of images and like most people ‘cherry pick’ the images that have the most initial impact..Occasionally re-visiting the files seems to be a good way of finding the shots that you didn’t know you liked quite as much as you now find you do…Know what I mean?
Anyway, I’d pretty much forgotten most of what I learned about the monastery, so fired up Wikipedia where the first words I read referred to how the architecture of the place had ‘evolved’ over centuries..Now I like ‘evolve’..Its one of those words that opens things up a bit, sexily stretches’em, reproduces them, twists’em, squidges’em and makes’em bigger and better than they were before, a bit like Steve Austin or an amphibious Gazelle.
So The Goddess Insomnia and a very handsome ‘Old Man in the Sun’ have enjoyed a libidinous night of ‘making shapes’ and these are their offspring.
(I’m knackered now, so I can’t tell if this is evolution or whether I’m looking at a pair of Dodo’s…..I suppose only time will tell, a sentiment no doubt shared by more than one supreme being….Can there be more than one?…In SHPics Laptop World there can)
The composite images were both made from a single source file each. The top one used over 10 layers while the second used only 3. Original images taken on my fuji compact, (motorbikes and DSLRs dont really mix). I converted to black and white in computer which is something I hate doing, but I felt these images needed to be monotone as they’re all about line and tone…unfortunately the compact wont shoot in B&W, so no choice..
All Images Copyright Stuart Allan Hyde.