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‘Over the Shoulder’ can best be described as an evolution and a revolution. This triptych was produced at a time when I was reviewing some of my earlier work to see if any of the images were suitable candidates for reworking into a triptych format. I had liked the original source image for many years and had shied away from undertaking any drastic alterations. However, sometimes we need to challenge ourselves to adopt a different perspective – sometimes a leap of faith is required to move ourselves forward.
Taking that first step and abandoning my reservations, I began to dissect my beloved image. While the original was already intricate in design with a complex interplay of overlapping lines and curves, the triptych took on a whole new dimension. From amongst seemingly disconnected elements, a head, shoulder and torso emerged. A new ‘life’ sprang forth from where I had previously feared to tread.
For those interested in the creative process, I have written an article ‘The Art of Creating a Triptych’ which describes the process of creating this triptych from the original single image.
The article ‘Exposed: Over the Shoulder‘ outlines how I created this image ‘in camera’, but don’t click the link if you want to preserve the mystery!