Introduction: A mixture of art, literature, and surrealism
| The concept for this project came from a serial dream that unfolded
over three nights. I originally thought it was to be the next
great American novel. After several false starts, I laid the
project aside for several years. I recently came across a Web site
by Gilles Tran called "the
book of beginnings". I was so inspired by his work, that I
wanted to do something along similar lines, but with my own art,
writing, and twisted sense of humor. This will be an ongoing
project for me. I hope to add to it my experiences, feelings and
thoughts for the rest of my life. So hopefully there will be new
things each time you come to visit.
I shared the URL of Gilles Tran's site with my best friend, Helen, and she was so taken by it, that she downloaded the whole site to enjoy on her own computer. Shortly thereafter, she died unexpectedly at the age of 49, with her life not completed, and leaving a vacuum in mine. So I dedicate this project of mine to her.
Since this project is a cross between words created by an author and images created by an artist, I feel a new term is in order. I hereby coin the term "authorist", to represent this merge of creative talent.
As with any art, music or literature, it isn't appreciated by everyone. You may find the following images and words disturbing, thought provoking, interesting, hopefully not offensive, or maybe just weird. The images are created by a method of computer generation called ray tracing. This is accomplished by creating objects in three dimensions mathematically. The next step is to arrange them in a virtual world inside the computer and place the lighting where you want it. The computer then generates the image based on the information you have given it. Afterwards some images are touched up in Photoshop.
The words that accompany the images are not intended to be complete stories. They will sometimes expound on the image like a long title, and others will just create a mood or emotion that dove tails with the picture. There will be some nudity in some images, but keep in mind that it is not photography, even though it may look like it sometimes. So if you are offended by the unclothed human form, please move on. What nudity does exist in these images is tasteful art and not pornography.
George Orwell the author of 1984 and Animal Farm, when asked why he writes, said ""...All writers are vain, selfish, and lazy, and at the very bottom of their motives there lies a mystery. Writing a book is a horrible, exhausting struggle, like a long bout of some painful illness. One would never undertake such a thing if one were not driven on by some demon whom one can neither resist nor understand. For all one knows that demon is simply the same instinct that makes a baby squall for attention. ..." I concur.
Enough with the introduction. I hope you enjoy your visit, and tell others.
The link above is my work in progress, migrating the entire book to WordPress format.