Leaded light implosion
printed on Giclée Epson Semi-Gloss
Derived from a photograph taken, at street level, of the front facade of 77 West Wacker Drive, Chicago in 2009, this image has plainly been extensively manipulated in Adobe Lightroom and Photoshop, resulting in a purely abstract fine-art print. It certainly has an Op-art Pop-art feel to it. The process from original file to print was a lengthy one. After much editing in Lightroom it was forwarded to Photoshop for extensive changes. Sharpness was cranked up to create well-defined hard edges, and the window spaces and bricks were cleared of any detail and re-coloured, one by one, a long-winded and tedious process but effective nevertheless. Finally, the centre of the image was distorted with the 'spherise' filter and the edges with a 'pinch' filter. The whole was then tidied up and colours saturated where appropriate. Pop art it may be, but somehow a sense of the building remains under all the manipulation. Perhaps an alternative title could be '77 West WACKY Drive! What say you?