This new image is a re-working of several elements. Over time, the idea of cloth lightly covering the eyes had become lines of light and sometimes these worked but they added a celestial sense that detracts from the basic image. So, the latest re-working has seen the forehead shaded and the eyes being given more definition.... whilst remaining closed. The loose lines of hair falling on either side have been added in order to deliver some distance from the Shroud of Turin image. The reason for this is that the Turin image attracts controversy as to its authenticity and any discussion of the image tends to get entangled on that subject.
A better definition of the objective for the images is to produce an iconic image that might have a broad appeal. As the sense of Church as Community seems to be on the wane across Europe there may be a new wave of popularity around Contemplative Christianity, interspersing elements of Eastern Zen and Western Celtic so as to form a platform for Meditation. I think the image can have some relevance in a Meditative context.
This image did not attract many Likes on Facebook, probably only 50 or so. But its probably the closest I have come to delivering an iconic image that might yet have broad appeal. The plan is to derive more images from this base and to test out reactions. Here's hoping that by persisting the outcome may eventually be more favourable.
The images seem to be acquiring an audience, as shown below. Thus far, the red versions have attracted
the most Likes and Shares. That might say that red is the strongest colour for a Face image but I think
its just that the colour red catches the fleeting gaze. ...
Sometimes the manipulation of the image works well, sometimes it doesn't go so well. The images below are a kind of storehouse reserve ..........where the images require more work.
Okay.... the below only had 20 Likes. But it still seems like a good idea to combine the Face image alongside loosely related snippets of Christian writing, loosely related in terms of setting a mood in a narrative and then trying to match that mood in the image. That said, the image without any textual narrative received over 1,000 Likes.
Some previous images incorporated an inscription from Scripture. The thought was that this lent more to the image but the experience has been that it made little or no difference to how the images might be received. The image incorporating scripture as portrayed in the previous blog attracted about 1,000 Likes on Facebook. The image here below, without a scriptural quotation, also received about 1,000 Likes.
The idea of the image is that it, hopefully, carries an inner strength. And that might offer an interesting point of correspondence between the fears and any feelings of hopelessness that can overwhelm a person in their ordinary lives.
So, I have been thinking about trying to possibly clash the sense of hopelessness against the assurances that are offered by faith and the resolve of a strong image.
A previous red image was quite popular on Facebook though I thought it lacked depth. I have produced a revised red image that looks a bit like something seen through a plastic sweet wrapper. But, at least it appears to have some depth. It will be interesting to see the reactions when it is put on display.
Purple. The Royal Colour. I am working on production of a purple version of the image and have noticed, for some reason, that the sense of a faded glory seems to be the most appealing to me.