Development Pages


Dave Collier
Experimental artist based in Carlisle, north-west England
y developments pages serve two functions: one is to coalesce my ideas on the perception of images, especially colour, and the second is as a repository for the software I design for manipulating images to experiment with the first.
Me Edges
am interested in how the design of a two-dimensional image can be aided by automation.
Some pictures bear repeated looking at. They show more of interest the more you look at them. Why? It is little if anything to do with how photo-realistic they look, for it that is all it were, then the greatest delight would come from looking at a photo.
Parade de Cirque
Seurat’s Parade de Cirque which you can see at The Met Museum’s website (and I think is OK to reproduce here regarding copyright). This is run through my edge detection software giving a brighter hue to breakness breaks that are brighter, and a darker one to those that are more pronounced, and a more opaque line where the difference in brightness between two adjoining areas is greater. The outcome shows just what an effective and interesting use Seurat made of his light and dark areas. The painting is considered one of his masterpieces, no doubt largely on account of its underlying abstract structure.
It is presumably something to do with the underlying abstract structure, quite often implemented by the artist intuitively.
My interest is in looking at crucial elements of an image, those that provide the strongest clues, and why, in terms of line, shape and colour.
These pages include some software for photo-manipulation, or more accurately image-manipulation (it doesn’t have to be a photo). These software scripts are all my own work, they are experimental and attempt to demonstrate something as explained on each product’s page. The software is free-to-use, on the basis that you should not expect any support and do not expect it to be fully bug-free. It’s experimental.


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