Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Memory Art #6 - English Harbor, Antigua
Memory Art is art inspired by stories or photos from my past.
English Harbor on the island of Antigua is probably one of the most beautiful and popular anchorages in the Caribbean. The bay goes well inland with several twists and turns. Admiral Lord Horatio Nelson used English Harbor in the early 1800's for watering the British Navy as well as for boat repairs, and it became know as Nelson's Dockyard.
Many stone buildings were built around the harbor, and over the years have been beautifully restored. Some of these buildings were converted to modern use - a grocery, a post office, a marine store, and a sail repair shop.
There were frequent reminders of how short in stature people were a couple hundred years ago. Leaving an office, I had to reach way down for the door knob, and Ed often bumped his head on the beams in the marine store.
Our first visit to English harbor was in 1980. Here I am posing with an impressively large cannon.
While we loved English Harbor, we wanted to see more of the island. We applied for a month-long crusing permit that we put to good use exploring the many good anchorages along Antigua's 60 miles of coastline.
That's Tropic Moon, front and center in the English Harbor anchorage. (The orange ball on her nose is a sail bag.)
And now for my magic trick.... I'll take the above picture of the anchorage and convert it into a length of striped fabric. (Drum roll, please.)
In Photoshop (of course), I made four copies of the picture, changed their orientations, and put them together to form a new image.
Then I made four copies of that image, and again stuck them together.
Ditto, one more time. Then I made one copy of this image and put the two together, side-by-side, to form my length of striped fabric.
Ta Da! (Okay, it's not really fabric, in case you wondered. But maybe it could be.)