Skull Impaled on Pole – Sepia and Red

Skull impaled on pole, surreal sepia and red art photo by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Nostalgia. Obviously not descriptive, rather a poetic juxtaposition.

A skull impaled on a pole, what could be prettier? I jest, and granted, not a concept traditionally thought of as aesthetically pleasing, but to me skulls are genuinely beautiful. Perhaps the metal pole adds a more brutal element, but I love what it does for the geometry of the composition, too.

Maybe I should also make it clear that it’s a digital manipulation—the original skull doesn’t have a pole through it.

Interestingly, I preferred the way this work looked with a fairly limited tonal range. The contrast is far lower than some of my others, there are no true blacks or whites in it. Intuitively you’d think that the bigger the tonal range the better, but that’s not always the case. Deliberately squashing the tones sometimes looks best.

The creative process often takes you in unexpected directions, and I like it when that happens.

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