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The X-MachineIn 2009 I was very into Torchwood, a Doctor Who spinoff that liked to very seriously assert that it was an adult programme by having lots of gratuitous (and very often queer) sex and character death. In actual fact, it was enormously cheesily performed and clunkily written and utterly delightful due to all of the above.

I like to creatively engage with texts I love, so in honour of the utter OTT-ness of Torchwood--as well as its own aesthetic and thematic homages to hardboiled, melodramatic, retro trash--I made some fan art that mashed up vintage pulp and scifi covers with Torchwood. It was immensely fun to do, and I didn't really realise how much of that geek cultural capital (knowledge of the minutiae and subtleties of said text) could be communicated through a single image.

Also, I have a long-standing love affair with pomo, so it was fun for that, too.

I used various sources in each--the original novel cover (which I've linked to), Torchwood promo photography, textures, etc. The text on each is taken directly from the pulp; I didn't write any of it myself (and in most cases, the bylines belong to the titles they appear with).

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My digital camera is a tiny, comparatively cheap point-and-shoot that's about four years old, now. I keep thinking I should buy a digital SLR, or even just something with a nicer lens, but... but... This one fits in my pocket! And I've familiarised the hell out of its controls.

One of my favourite things things about it is the macro settings, which I inevitably turn to whatever flora I come across. My least-favourite thing is that it tends to wash out the higher mid-tone areas, so I tend to do a bit of post-production on my favourite images to bring back that richness and depth in tone.

Anyway, of course the thing with photoshop is that it's fun to play around with with settings, and of course alter things more extremely than you would originally conceive of - often that comes up with the most striking cropping or chiaroscuro. In summary: so this one time, I was tweaking the levels on a macro flora shot, and discovered that dragging the midtones right down resulted in this incredibly striking, gorgeous, alien image. (The image in question is the one at the top of this post.)

So, of course now I try it out on just about every macro I take. Examples of my favourites after the jump.

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