Sky Circles

This was a great class. Thank you, Evgeniya.

Looking through the biodiversity resources on Flickr, I was reminded that I like birds. Then, I remembered an inspiring Rumi quote. Coleman Barks, who is the main translator of Rumi, lives in my town. The translation is: 

“Birds make great sky-circles of their freedom.

How do they learn it?

They fall and falling,

they’re given wings.”

I found a bird on Paul K's Flickr site, and I cut out the bird using the quick selection tool in Photoshop. One thing I learned in this class that astounds me: it never occurred to me to select the background and to delete that. I always select the form and then go to to "refine edge," but your method worked well.


Next, I found a scatter diagram that plotted torque and acceleration in right and left turn wingbeats in birds. I don't pretend to understand that, but it was pretty, and I knew I wanted circles to repeat in the collage. I copied the plotted wingbeats in Illustrator and copied and pasted that into Photoshop. The cluster of circles and squares is also a bit like birds in the sky.


Then I imagined what a bird would see when trying to fly: leaving the branch, seeing a higher view, and I added photos in circles. 

There is a lot going on in this collage, and I think there is some competition among the elements, but I am going to stop here. 

I enjoyed this and learned several new things. Thanks again!

(Branch photo by MrDiskord via Flickr; lake photo by Don Graham via Flickr.)



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