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What if Wednesday: Bad Meal – Bad Picture

What if you go to prepare a meal and things head down the rabbit hole ?  You start with a marinade for the meat. Later you  prepare seasoned quinoa  and prepare some simple veggies. Ah yes, the meal smells great and looks good on the table, …… perhaps a photograph might have been a warning ………..

Greek pork seasoned scent

rises up kitchen – fills plate

sides sit next to smiles



anticipation  is a table cloth –

outcome uneasy cutlery


Quinoa was  over/unevenly seasoned and the veggies were bland………… and the Greek marinade resulted in a trial from Hades. A meal to be left on the other side of the River Lethe.



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So, what if you have some bad photos from an unfortunately memorable meal. You look for other bad photos, perhaps one of those oddities that seem to spring up in a house full of puppets, masks & costumes.  Start blending  & seasoning the images, ….. they might turn out better than the meal.



Alien grows out –

boxes pile up heaps of strange

smiles – hangs over sun


monstrous misshapen head  grins at misery



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ancient archetype roars across time

a monument  in the cave of dreams


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What if Bad Picture 4



What if Bad Picture 3

What if Bad Picture 2



8 responses

  1. super variations on a theme!

    April 1, 2015 at 9:13 pm

    • elmediat

      Thanks very much. I to several shots of the marinating meat, think it might make for interesting texture layers. After the disaster of the meal, it was all that I could turn into a positive. 😀

      April 1, 2015 at 9:18 pm

  2. at least it sounds delicious.

    April 1, 2015 at 11:12 pm

    • elmediat

      It really smelled great . The souvlaki marinade left a very sour lemon & bitter herb after taste. The seasoning for the quinoa had way more salt content . Having made similar meals successfully before, I know it was those particular brands of ingredients . better off when I make my own – like creating photo-textures. 😉

      April 1, 2015 at 11:22 pm

  3. leecleland

    You really do know how to make a meal look unappetising Joseph! But I do like the effect when you use it as a texture with maybe a blend mode or two and maybe a bit of Radfield???? and of course something else I haven’t thought of yet 🙂

    April 2, 2015 at 3:29 am

    • elmediat

      Thanks. If you create more than one modified version of an image and then combine those two with alterations in layers, perhaps turning one negative or tonal you can get to see some interesting results – just don’t eat them. 😀

      I did have a couple of nice looking shots of the finished meal, but considering how it turned out it would be constructing a false reality and rubbing salt in the wound. 😉

      BTW I used another shot of the marination bag in a shot on a recent Implied Spaces post.

      April 2, 2015 at 8:34 am

      • leecleland

        Obviously I don’t play enough 🙂 Though at the moment I’m culling and re-organising my photos so I don’t loose them. It’s a long slow job but quite rewarding too as I’ve rediscovered good shots in amongst the masses that I had forgotten about, and also seen how my eye has changed in just over 2 years of constant image taking. Hadn’t caught up with that post but love the use of the marination bag with the red flower makes a great alternative texture. So some good come out of a bad taste.

        April 2, 2015 at 5:09 pm

      • elmediat

        Glad you enjoyed the experiment.

        When culling keep in mind a poor composition may be content for a very creative composition. A texture, a colour tone or some component may be useful in the creative process. Digital images lets us easily stop thing of the image as a thing in itself and see it something that can be used to create a new expressive piece of media. Mass Media turns other mass media into content. In the case of photography & digital images they consume and incorporate each other. Think collages, ghost images & to infinity and beyond. 😀

        April 2, 2015 at 5:57 pm

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