Postscript reconstructed into a new image

Postscript Mashup to Create New Images

Most of us never stop to think about the “1’s and 0’s” that form the binary language behind all computer processing, just as we don’t contemplate the atoms and molecules that make up our bodies. In the same way, most every graphic we view online has a language called Postscript, which started becoming universal in the 1980’s. Postscript is the basis for which nearly every printing device is able to “deconstruct” or RIP a visual photograph into printer driver language, so that all those raster pixels can be converted onto the printed page using Cyan, Magenta, Yellow and Black ink (or some variation).

One day I took a Jpg image, and opened the Postscript data in notepad. Surprisingly, a tiny (95k) jpg image file yielded almost 700 pages of Postscript data! In case you haven’t seen it, Postscript looks nothing like the characters of a keyboard. I was intrigued at viewing a jpg image in this way. Images and Photoshop are quite familiar to me, but viewing this version in what looked like an alien language made me want to “reconstruct” a portion of the same image, using Postscript as the subject.

Ponte Vecchio Bridge on the Arno River in Florence Italy

Panoramic Composite from 15 Originals

This 180 degree panoramic image of the Arno River in Florence, Italy was taken without a tripod and was composited from 15 separate shots.  The camera was placed on a railing and the series of shots was made as I pivoted the camera around its tripod axis (under the lens). There … [Read More...]

Behind the Lens – About Lawrence

Lawrence Crandall Photo

As creative beings we express our talents in many ways: art, music, cooking, dance, gardening.  Our creative nature helps us to understand and interact with our world and each other.  And despite claims to the contrary, everyone uses some form of creativity to help them understand, interpret and express the stories they encounter. I found […]

Letting Go

Letting Go

During my career I served as Photo Editor and Production Manager for two weekly newspapers:  The Long Beach News and The Huntington Beach News. One day my editor told me he needed a photograph to accompany a story titled "Alzheimer's Disease: Loved Ones Suffer the Most". This first photo below was … [Read More...]

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Downtown Seattle Dock

The environmental impact of human activity is argued, measured and documented, yet its effects are also plainly revealed in everyday imagery. This photograph of a dock in downtown Seattle is interesting in that the elements in the uppermost portion of the photograph – a metal ladder and pier pilings – are easily recognizable.  At the […]