Skull-Shaped Island in Green Ocean

Skull-shaped island in green ocean, surreal artwork by Joseph Westrupp.

Title: Strata Mouth. Literal and descriptive, but appealingly poetic to me, too.

The base shot is Port Campbell National Park, Victoria, Australia. The island is one of The Twelve Apostles, which are “limestone stacks” off the shore, by the Great Ocean Road. A very remarkable piece of shoreline, incidentally. Definitely worth the journey out to see.

As usual this picture is the result of a lot of experimentation. It took three tries to get something I was happy with—there are two other similar versions, both of the same island, but very different overall compositions. This one was zoomed in and centered on the island the most. I eventually decided the others, which had far more ocean in them, were too awkward.

Blending the skull into the island was tricky. All in all there are elements from three or four different photos.

Canvases and Giclée Prints

Archival-quality prints of this piece are available. Options include framed and unframed fine art paper and canvases.

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