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Tuesday, 27 January 2015

ALEXI K: BRIGHT LIGHTS, GLITCHED CITY ( BIRMINGHAM PORTFOLIO )

Your editor here - In between painting, drawing, writing blogs, networking, talking, and procrastinating, it's easy to forget that I am also a avid photographer. To round off this edition of FUTURE-ROCKER, here's a look at some of my 'glitched' photography, inspired by science fiction books and movies, and taken while on walkabouts around Birmingham, the UK's 'second city'.


Below: The Rotunda and Bullring




Below: Bullring Shopping Centre at night




Below: Info-obelisk at Moor Street




Below: Bloc Hotel, Jewellery Quarter



Below: Google Earth's failed rendering of The Custard Factory and South Birmingham College




Below: Glitched Hannah, local model.




Below: Smallbrook Queensway, as seen from Radisson Blu Hotel.




Below: Smallbrook Queensway, as seen from Radisson Blu Hotel.




Below: Info-obelisk at Moor Street




Below: Natural glitch at Snow Hill Station.




Below: Glitched Becky.




Below: Bullring Shopping Centre




Below: Smallbrook Queensway




Below: Smallbrook Queensway




Below: Incredible glitch of wall mural at HUBB ( original art by Mohammed Ali / Aerosol Arabic )




Below: Birmingham's 'Interstellar' bus service.



All photographs property of Alexi K

Note: The most glitchy of the above glitches are accomplished using WORDPAD. You have ZERO control over how they will turn out, other than to alter them after they've been glitched, using the art software of your choice. But give it a go...here's my guide:

HOW TO GLITCH IT:

1 ) Go through your archives, get a photo ( architectural ones work well ) and convert it to a bitmap.
2 ) Open it in WORDPAD, ( open > click rich text format > all documents ) then click on your file ( it'll appear on Wordpad as code ).
3 ) Press 'Save'.
Some people play with the code or delete bits before saving, but I find just pressing 'Save' is as good.
4 ) Go back to Photoshop to view the results...and hope for the best!

Don't get depressed if most look rubbish...occasionally it'll come out great!

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