Apparitions by © Pauline Wherrell

Created from a macro photo taken with a Lumix FZ38 camera using ink and water
I really enjoy experimental photography and believe that images that appear by accident occur to tell me or teach me something.
Here I see apparitions emerging from water – I think of the bottom as being water with ripples.
The first figure that I noticed was that of a woman facing to the right. Her face is blue looking downwards and the darker area is her hair and she reminds me of a stone statue or a cherub. I printed out this photo but when I looked again I just could not see this woman. Instead I saw a woman looking to the left with the dark area above the first woman’s face being the face this second time of looking. And the darker area lower down and slightly to the left of this face I saw as being the face of a man who has his arms around the woman. And the next day yet another woman appeared totally blue with face really high in the photo!
I would be so interested in what you see in this – you probably think I am mad and that it is just abstract but I would particularly like to hear from anyone who knows about mythology and if this image could relate to it.

159 views and 31 favouritings as of 23/1/11

I am passionate about all forms of art and enjoy painting in all media. I adore colour and am especially interested in creating different textural effects in my paintings as well as silkpainting. I have always loved photography and am exploring the experimental side to it, creating unique works and most recently of all using digital textures with my art and photography. I hope you like viewing my works!

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  • walstraasart
    walstraasartover 4 years ago

    The effects are beautiful. Looks like falling water. Well done!

  • Thanks so much Thea for saying what you see – yes it could be falling water!

    – © Pauline Wherrell

  • annieannie
    annieannieover 4 years ago

    not mad at all
    if you are i am too
    i see a woman in a flowing blue gown that merges with water at her feet there is mist around her and her reflection in the water
    a great tribute to experimentation and inovation plus the happy accident xx

  • Thanks so much Annie for your wonderful comment and I am so pleased that you can see the woman and that I am not mad! You are seeing as I first saw but there was a time that I just couldn’t see her. I just love experimenting as I never know what will appear next!

    – © Pauline Wherrell

  • liesbeth
    liesbethover 4 years ago

    the moment i saw this appear i was taken by it.. can’t even begin to tell you how this speaks to me Pauline.
    and as for being mad..hehe.. then here is another one..i see exactly the same as annie.. can’t wait to see more like this from you.. XX

  • Thanks so much Liesbeth and for adding this to your favourites! I am so pleased that it speaks to you too. I think I sometimes see things that other people don’t. I am loving this way of experimenting and this technique as I never know what will appear next. You can be sure I will continue with it.

    – © Pauline Wherrell

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 4 years ago

    lovely done

  • Thanks so much Antanas and for adding this to your favourites!

    – © Pauline Wherrell

  • Jeff Schauss
    Jeff Schaussover 4 years ago

    I see the Virgin Mary with a large male figure in the background It’s a very inspiring image…jeff

  • Thanks so much Jeff for your wonderful comment – so pleased I am not alone in seeing things in this!

    – © Pauline Wherrell

  • swaby
    swabyover 4 years ago

    Really great and a wonderful experiment! All so beautiful!

  • Thanks so much Swaby and for adding this to your favourites!

    – © Pauline Wherrell

  • TheWalkerTouch
    TheWalkerTouchover 4 years ago

  • Thank you so much for accepting this work into your group!

    – © Pauline Wherrell

  • Deborah Lazarus
    Deborah Lazarusover 4 years ago

  • Thanks so much for your lovely banner accepting this work!

    – © Pauline Wherrell

  • anaisanais
    anaisanaisover 4 years ago


  • Thanks so much Anna and for adding this to your favourites!

    – © Pauline Wherrell

  • Lissywitch
    Lissywitchover 4 years ago

    fantastic work Pauline, and I can see many faces, but certainly can see a woman to the right…in fact she reminds me of me ?? The more I look the more I’m seeing! Love it x

  • Thanks so much Lissy for your wonderful comment and for adding this to your favourites! So YOU are appearing in my experiments???!!!!! How did your daughter do in the competition?

    – © Pauline Wherrell

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