The Gates of Hell (graphic art)

Photo originally taken in Philadelphia in 2021.

Originally, this was a photo of the door to an abandoned house in my Philly neighborhood (I shared the photo here). When I distorted the photo with effects on Canva, it ended up looking like the gates of hell. I like how the yellowish-orange color makes it look like flames. Working on this one reminded me of a horror movie Rachel and I watched recently called As Above, So Below (which I highly recommend checking out). During the movie, there’s a reference to Dante’s Inferno and the inscription at the gate of hell: “abandon all hope ye who enter here.”

In the Graveyard (graphic art)

Original photo taken by Rachel of the Sleepy Hollow, NY, cemetery.

Rachel took tons of good shots of the Sleepy Hollow cemetery in New York, and I’ve been going through them and adding filters and effects. I like the way this one turned out. Kind of looks like the cover of a heavy metal album with the ominous tombstones and faded coloring. I noticed that in the very center of the image, the trees combine and create something that looks like a demon, if you look close enough.

Radio Static (graphic art)

Photo originally taken in Nashville, TN, in 2019.

This is a photo originally of the Parthenon in Nashville, TN, from a trip Rachel and I took in 2019. I’m hoping we can get back to Tennessee soon to see her family! Anyway, I like the green color in this distorted graphic. For whatever reason, the waviness and distortion of the image reminded me of a visual representation of radio static, hence the title.

Nightmare Alley (graphic art)

Photo originally taken in Philadelphia in the spring of 2020 (when the pandemic first hit).

Here’s another graphic art piece I created on Canva. The original photo was taken in Philly in the spring of 2020 when the pandemic first hit. I distorted the image and shapes to turn it into a “Nightmare Alley.” I like how the image in the center almost looks like an alien spaceship or something you’d see in a science fiction movie.

Alien Landscape (graphic art)

Photo originally taken in Pennsylvania, US, in spring/summer of 2020.

Here’s a photo I took early last year of a creek in the suburbs of Philly. I’ve been playing around with graphic art on Canva lately, and I added some filters and effects that made it look like an alien planet. Doing the graphic art stuff has been fun and soothing – I just turn on some tunes and play around. Something to occupy myself during these endless pandemic days!