N. Sukumar, APSA  


Descent into Purgatory by N. Sukumar, APSA

January 2020 - Descent into Purgatory

January 2020 - N. Sukumar, APSA

Original 1

January 2020 - N. Sukumar, APSA

Original 2

January 2020 - N. Sukumar, APSA

Original 3

About the Image(s)

After two weeks in the tropical paradise of North Andaman Island last month, away from it all, I returned to the violent, self-consuming political hell that is Delhi today, which inspired the creation of this composition. The first image is a composite of a pair of selfies; the second is an abstract modified on my iPad in Photoshop Express; the third is a flower photographed with a wide open aperture in California in 2004. I put the selfies together in Adobe CS5 and duplicated the 2 selfies to create a quadriptych, distorted using pinch, merged and duplicated again and applied difference clouds to one layer, then adjusted color balance, hue and saturation. The second (abstract) was then sandwiched between the two layers to add texture, the whites removed and blended, adjusting color balance to match the background layer. Finally I imported the flower, isolated it from its background, toned down the stalk, positioned it in the center, duplicated it, expanded the background flower layer 10% and applied gaussian blur to it to give it a glow. The flower falls from paradise to the demons waiting below to consume it.


This round’s discussion is now closed!
5 comments posted

Snehendu Kar   Snehendu Kar
The image shows a lot of creative ideas and efforts and the detailed explanation of how the image was made is very helpful. The title is most appropriate especially after the citizenship amendment initiative. The result is a high--impact image. My only comment is that the main image ( flower representing hope?) is dominated by four selfies of equal size; perhaps the flower could be larger in size,   Posted: 01/20/2020 14:05:33

Mark Southard   Mark Southard
most interesting title ! But the image is quite creative and distinctive with the color contrast and combination of the 3 subjects.   Posted: 01/20/2020 14:37:38

Marcus Miller   Marcus Miller
I find this a very creative image and difficult to comment on. I like the background and the glow on the flower. I would like to seem more clarity in the flower as if hope, purity and beauty will triumph.   Posted: 01/21/2020 14:15:11
N. Sukumar   N. Sukumar
I too would like to see purity and beauty triumph, but I do not have much hope for it at this time! :-(   Posted: 01/22/2020 00:07:58

Alastair Cochrane   Alastair Cochrane
Thanks for the detailed commentary on how you created this. Well worth the effort.   Posted: 01/26/2020 04:48:03