Deep Dreaming

Whether awake or asleep, we are the dreamers of dreams.  We dream things that are buried  deep in our souls and may never know from whence they came…. Livonne

I’ve been very quiet lately.  I won’t bore you with the details but have had a lot going on personally so haven’t had much brainpower left to dream and create.  So what do you do when you can’t dream but still want to create?  You turn to the internet.

I’ve been playing around a bit with a few deep dreaming websites and to be honest, most don’t really impress me.  However, when I put my beautiful angel in and set it to dreaming, I loved what appeared.  Still angelic, she appears to be wrapped in weird and wonderful creatures, some that we haven’t seen here on earth but may very well exist in heaven.

For those who don’t know what deep dreaming is, you’re not alone.  The best explanation I can give goes something like this.  It is computer software that basically examines a photo, looking for something it recognises and then amplifies even the slightest shape or even bit of noise in the photo to form the particular thing it thinks it recognises.    There are many different platforms that generate photos and images using powerful algorithms.

It’s way out of my league and my poor brain would explode if I tried to fully understand how it works so I won’t try and I would encourage you to Google it and see what you make of the explanations online.  You may also enjoy doing a bit of deep dreaming with one of the many generators you can find as you search.  I did quite a few, playing around with lots of different ones but this was my favourite of all I experimented with.

I often get asked when someone sees something I’ve done, what “App” I use.  If (and it is actually rare) I do use an app or a generator or something that creates a photo effect for me, I never just keep the photo as is.  I always put my own spin on it again as most of these apps are designed to give a very low res effect, suitable for social media but generally not for printing.  I only ever use it as a base.  I don’t want a photo I produce easily replicated by anyone.  Not only that, I enjoy making it my own style.

Most of the time, I only use Lightroom and Photoshop to create my conceptual photography pieces.   They aren’t a “one step” process.  One photo can have up to 50 layers and take a week at a time, working the slightest little bits until I’m happy with what I see.

It’s almost 1am here in Australia as I post this, so I should do some real life deep dreaming of my own and get some sleep.  I’d love to see what you create with your photos. Feel free to share them in the comments.   Remember to dream big and deep.. for there are stars that lie hidden in your soul and the world needs their light.

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