I started watching the new Lost in Space series on Netflix last weekend. I remember watching the original series with my dad when I was a kid, and thoroughly enjoying it. I don't recall many specific details, but I remember the opening credits and the Robot with his iconic phrase "danger Will Robinson!" There's only one season of the new series for now, which is both good and bad. It's a show that you can easily fly through. I still have three more episodes to go, and it has taken great restraint to limit how much I watch.
The series is gripping in every sense of the word. I've found myself on the edge of my seat in anticipation throughout most episodes. The production quality is outstanding to the point that it's like watching one very long film. Then there is the iconic Robot. Despite the fact that he has no facial features, there is something so emotionally evocative about his presence and behavior that a gender pronoun must be assigned. Not knowing anything about him or his motives he still elicits some compassion and this instinct to belong. He is very relatable in the human sense despite his form.
As I moved into week 46 the imagery from the series was floating in my brain. Executing this week proved more challenging though. I mean, where does one even begin, especially after 45 weeks of beginning? I needed a little spark of inspiration to get the connections firing. Peter made the brilliant suggestion of picking up a book. We currently have a stack of books on the round coffee table that I purchased at the Friends of the Library book sale in April. I can't resist books to begin with, but I especially can't resist them when they are significantly less than $5. Most of the books fall under two categories: art and psychology.
I spun the table and grabbed the first book on top of the stack that came to me, Art and Visual Perception: A Psychology of the Creative Eye by Rudolf Arnheim. I flipped it open to a random page and came across a section titled "The Primordial Circle." Circles! The circle has been an important shape throughout human history, its fascination actually predating recorded history. The Greeks thought of the circle as a representation of the divine. Here is a pretty cool article and interactive map on the subject of circles from Smithsonian Magazine. The section of the book that I stumbled upon discusses how circles appear in all aspects of life, from the joints in our bodies to the paths that animals take. Even children's drawings exhibit a preference for the almighty circle. Oh, and let's not forget about the wheel!
I actually toyed with the idea of using circles back in December to the point that I created some little bubbles. Unfortunately I had trouble executing the idea then, which is why you haven't seen them yet. Now I knew it was time to bring out the bubbles. I needed something more than just bubbles to make this work though. I did some research and found a neat little trick that utilizes the Polar Coordinates filter to make straight lines into circular shapes. I've blindly used that filter before and absolutely loved the results. See edit #33 in week 5. Now I understood how the filter works and why it worked so well with my raw image. All the lines!
Rather than go into all the technical details of what I did to create the edits for this week, I will just show you the edits. All of them were heavily inspired by the Lost in Space (2018) series. You will see ships, stars, moons, and planetary objects. You will get the sense that things are moving at warp speed or literally warping by some unseen gravitational pull. If you'd like to know more about the technical aspects of these edits please contact me directly. Have you seen the new Lost in Space series? If so, no spoilers please! Do you have a favorite edit for this week? If so, why? Do you like the space themes? What feelings or imagery are evoked within yourself as you look through the edits? I'd love to know about your experience in the comments below. As always, thank you for your support.