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Notes from Copenhagen

An Exploration of Low Fidelity Imagery

The phrase “Hey, that’s been photoshopped” immediately brings images of heads placed on the wrong bodies and such. So, yes, there have been some nasty tricks played with the freedom of digital reworking. But these episodes of poor taste shouldn’t rule out the role of digital techniques in merging photography with traditional analog painting.

Copenhagen, the capital of Denmark, lies ten degrees of latitude south from the Arctic Circle, approximately even with the Scottish-English border and distinctly north of Edmonton, Canada. The city is not quite the land of the midnight sun, but it’s close. June in Copenhagen brings approximately twenty hours of daylight for interested photographers.

I have picked five photos (including the cover photo) of Copenhagen, all taken in June. They are presented as low-fidelity images with color amplification, and all photos were treated with the same basic techniques. The process simplifies the image by eliminating detail but retaining the basic form. Amplified colors and new textures fill in the remaining shapes and forms in the modified photos. The final effect is a more basic image, where human imagination can fill in the missing detail. Each viewer fills in that detail slightly differently, allowing for the altered photo to impart some unique impressions to each person.

The photostream begins and ends with the famous Little Mermaid statue, created by Edvard Eriksen in 1913. The sculpture depicts the transmogrification of a mermaid into a human.

Copenhagen is a harbor city thriving at the crossroads of two seas. Travel east, and the waters open into the Baltic sea. Westward lies the North Sea. Nestled in the old city’s historic waterfront district (Nyhavn) are short canals that terminate in the heart of the city. Water, sky, ships, and architecture mingle together, and captured in the late evening light, they create a striking scene.

Nyhavn by WM House, ©2021 Archean Enterprises, LLC – All Rights Reserved

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William House
William is an earth scientist and writer with an interest in providing the science "backstory" for breaking environmental, earth science, and climate change news.