For the past couple of months I’ve been trying various Android apps that reform pictures in some way or another with the ultimate goal of warping and testing the original material into creating a significantly different image in the end. Then imagination does its work. It’s a bit like a Rorschach effect.
I’m not an artist; my best drawings are sketches in a blank paper notebook that I won’t show anyone even on a bet which I have a below 1% chance of losing. I once did a backwards cow for a pre-school contest and won the first prize (I used the money to buy a robot that turns into a tank). But my abilities stretch only so far.
Thankfully I’ve also been exploring mobile photography as part of my Master’s thesis. The research led into a more in depth exploration of suitable apps that could be used to edit and enhance the photos on the spot.
With some hours put into played with various settings I found a very neat way to re-shape images into “pieces of art” that are as freely interpretative and strange as modern art can get. It’s a bit of a millennial form of creating art but it’s also an alternative way of creating content using apps that are not exactly made for that sole purpose.
I was pleased with the initial results which mostly used a kaleidoscope effect overlaid multiple times, but with practice the reshaping took a more complex form using different effects. Some of these pieces you can see on Instagram and some are displayed in a gallery here.
Mirror Lab and Snapseed for Android are two of my most used apps for the pieces published online. It takes some fooling around with the options to get an idea what’s the desired theme and outlook of the final piece but it’s a fun couple of minutes to a half an hour anyone can spare to try out.
I’m actually a fan of these types of “art projects” that arise spontaneously out of boredom or by accident and then take a life of their own. I have often been surprised by the ability of the apps to create these fantastical visuals. It goes to show the spectacular and really cool side of digital, of programming. It also shows that mobile photography and mobile art is something worth to explore.