Mirror Images

          In February of this year, 2017, while with Curtis Salonick and The Uncommon Imaging Group, I really caught the mirror bug.  I've made mirror images before then, but that was the start of turning it into an obsession. 

           Curt soon strongly suggested that I check myself into mirror rehab, and I've been holed-up in the digital darkroom avoiding the folks in white coats ever since.  Shane McGeehan's admission of suffering this affliction for 18 months strangely spurred me onward. 

          In the past, because there were so few, the mirrors were mixed in with normal images in the galleries.  Since the idée fixe, not only have they been given their own space, but many are becoming galleries within galleries.  That is, when you open the displayed gallery, you are faced with a selection of all the mirror galleries in that particular shoot.  For example, the June Concrete City gallery opens to a gallery of 25 images.  When you open one of those images, it takes you to a whole gallery of images made from the same shot.  Is there a stronger word than "addiction" for this activity?

       In May I even went back to older files to redo some images with mirrors.  The file naming was also improved.  Eventually visualization (a technique whereby one can see what can be made in the darkroom by looking at the subject in the field) also improved, and started to occur even without a camera in hand. 

       Two interesting perks with these mirrors is that the images your mind contrives usually change when seen in different sizes and from various distances; they can also change as you scrutinize details within the image.  These unintended bonuses add interactive enjoyment that continually renews with each view.  These images are more than just colorful Rorschach tests; they are somehow symmetrically soothing, and so should be shared.  If anyone would like a zip file or CD of a bunch, let me know.  They're cool to run as a slideshow in the background or while you become engrossed.  Enjoy whatever happens. 

        Whereas the mirror galleries will still be listed on the chronology pages, they henceforth will not be also added to the appropriate park page.  They will be conveniently housed here for the similarly obsessed.

Galleries in chronological order of creation (most recent first):

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Steamtown NHS
August 10, 2017
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Concrete City
August 1, 2017
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Little Rocky Glen
July 25, 2017
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Hickory Run/Lehigh Gorge
July 13, 2017
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Concrete City
June 23, 2017
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Hollenback Cemetery
June 22, 2017
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Ephrata Coister
June 8, 2017
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Batso Village
June 1, 2017
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Zion
October 31, 2016
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Bryce Canyon
October 29 & 30, 2016
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Steamtown
April 16, 2016
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Concrete City
January 7, 2016
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Steamtown NHS
December 15, 2015
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Solomons Creek
December 7, 2015
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Steamtown NHS
October 7, 2015
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Concrete City
April 11, 2015
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Luray Caverns
March 21, 2015
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Little Rocky Glen
March 11, 2015
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Reading Railroad 4
May 17, 2017
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Reading Railroad 3
May 17, 2017
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Reading Railroad 2
May 17, 2017
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Reading Railroad 1
May 17, 2017
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More Yard Work
May 16, 2017
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Trees and Mirrors
May 6, 2017
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Skyline Drive
April 28, 2017
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TUIG
April 20, 2017
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TUIG
February 16, 2017

Please contact me with any suggestions, additions or omissions.