This is my most recent pareidolia sighting. I have titled it U.S. Male. My Facebook friend will recognize it. I made the photo at her house. As I waited to see if anyone was home, I looked at her mailbox and saw this guy looking back at me!
I decided to transform this rustic piece of Americana into one of my digital art pieces by adding some stars and stripes and a postage stamp border – both effects achieved using Photoshop CC.
On June 30, I was notified that I had received the greatest honor an artist can achieve as an associate member of Covered Bridge Art Association in Rockville, Parke County, Ind.
My entry for the July 2014 Associate Members Show, “Pareidolia: Breaking the Surface,” in the 3D category, received First Place and Best of Show. It is on display in The Gallery on the square in Rockville through July 27. As the top winner, the CBAA awarded me a solo exhibition in August 2015!
I included this artist statement with my entry:
“The image was captured while I sat along the edge of Big Raccoon Creek in Mansfield, Ind.
I purposely chose the glossy finish of an aluminum panel to highlight the rich colors of stone and moss secreted just below the surface, and a frame of tempered glass with a glacier pattern to enhance the perception of water in motion. The base – sandstone cut from the Mansfield quarry – complements the rock in the creek bed.
Pareidolia is the psychological phenomenon of seeing faces, figures, or animals in clouds, tree bark, wood grain, rock, marble, sand, smoke, shadows, water or any non-homogeneous area where they do not actually exist.
I did not know until I downloaded the image to my computer that I had captured, in camera, what I see as a perfect example of pareidolia breaking the surface.”
For those who may not see what I see in the image … the piece is subtitled “Dog Paddling Past Mansfield.” Now do you see what I see?
At this same show, my “Peach Bandits” image on watercolor giclee paper and framed in a tree bark textured frame, took Third Place in the Photography category.
I am blessed and sincerely thank the Covered Bridge Art Association for the opportunity to achieve this great honor … and in my first year as an associate member!!