Original Picture ~ 1.15.2011 ... This photograph is of my two daughters in my first pair of pointe shoes, with her actually fitting them (practically brand new)! My little one has lost some hair due to “Leukemia B Cell” chemotherapy, and together they are reading a ballet children’s book. I submitted this photo to Aleksandra Efimova’s Growing in the Arts! facebook page to encourage the reading of such books and also as a thank-you, encouragement & confidence in the products. I also was chosen as one of a few photo winners here } http://ning.it/dPhDyY ~ The book can be found here through Barnes & Nobles } http://ning.it/fxdJRE ~ See Growing in the Arts! By Aleksandra } http://ning.it/g6HuNZ~• What follows is a progression in Cubism •~ over a series of eight slides total with a fade transition that helps gradually see each Cubism level. Cubism “An early-20th-century art movement that rejected naturalistic depictions, preferring compositions of shapes and forms abstracted from the conventionally perceived world” (Kleiner, 456).Kleiner, Fred S. Gardner's Art through the Ages: a Concise Western History. Second Edition. Place of Australia: Wadsworth Cengage Learning, 2010. Art Institute of Pittsburgh Online Division. Web. 14 Mar. 2011.
Using a filter in Photoshop called “Cutout” and stabilizing the “Edge Simplicity” to 4 & the “Edge Fidelity” to 2, there are levels of this Filter starting at 2 and ending with 8. In the lower right of each slide is the Cutout level. The slides progress from 2 through 8, and it is really neat to see! Please Note: each level was adjusted from the original photograph. For example, starting with the original photograph as in slide one and the Edge Simplicity to 4, the Edge Fidelity to 2, the first Cutout was 2. Then reloading the original photograph into Photoshop, the next Cutout level was 3. Reloading the original photograph, the next Cutout level was 4, etc….Otherwise the progression went backwards and regressed. I also added the words “Russian Pointe shoes” to help identify the viewer with who Aleksandra is, especially for students not familiar with ballet!
Cutout level 3. I really enjoy watching the shoes change.
Cutout level 4. It is nice to “see” the faces
Cutout 6 ~ the faces become more pronounced as the shoes blend in.
Cutout 7. Everything has more detail. In this one, the figures have more detail than the background of sheets and pillow.
Cutout 8. Here the detail blends into more highlight on the pillow and curtain with a more dramatic visual of the faces and less detail in the legs.