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Artifacted digital photograph.
A while back a friend called from downtown Portland and told me that an all-white praying mantis had flown in her 7th-story window. I had never seen an albino mantis before, so I picked her up and reference-photographed her voluminously (pre-computer). Years later, I had just this one print left of the mantis, held up to a bright summer sky. I scanned in the print and was frustrated to find artifacts from the original printing in the scan. I turned it to my advantage by making the piece a silhouette, and the horizontal lines became more like a Virgil Finlay background.

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“Pete Janes entertains the macro insect crowd with meticulous gouache and watercolor specimen pieces, while his more imaginary illustrations seem to be glimpses into faraway realities.”—noted art critic and Portland bum R. Terialspray

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  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 5 years ago

    wow, looks like an imposing world take over! ;D

  • The grainy quality suits it that way, too . . . like an old b-movie.

    – Pete Janes

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 5 years ago

    Yeah, this would make a great grade B movie! Gives me the heebie-jeebies!!

  • Great minds think alike!

    – Pete Janes

  • Marsha Elliott
    Marsha Elliottabout 5 years ago

    Now THAT’S scarey!!!! :)

  • Mission accomplished! Thanks Marsha!

    – Pete Janes

  • vampvamp
    vampvampabout 5 years ago

    i agree re graininess! :)

  • Sybille Sterk
    Sybille Sterkabout 5 years ago

    I love this. Works perfectly. Would have loved to see the original set of photographs as I’ve never seen and albino mantis before.

  • It was quite shocking. The typical Pacific Northwest varieties are either dunnish or vivid green. I find it funny that the only image of it I have left is in shadow!

    – Pete Janes

  • Mynybee
    Mynybeeabout 5 years ago

    old b-movies are spiffy… whew, this is a spiffy one! groovy done!

  • Thank Myn!

    – Pete Janes

  • ROUBLE RUST
    ROUBLE RUSTabout 5 years ago

    GREAT work xx

  • Very much appreciated Rouble!

    – Pete Janes

  • DEJAN ALEKSOVSKI
    DEJAN ALEKSOVSKIalmost 5 years ago

    This is great work…amazing

  • ROUBLE RUST
    ROUBLE RUSTalmost 5 years ago

  • Thanks very kindly Rouble!

    – Pete Janes

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