Mardi Gras Day is a day to let everything hang out. To play it colorful. To celebrate. To run into old friends on the line. To start the day early in Central City with the Krewe of Zulu and their coconuts. And, end late at night with sore feet and a happy soul.
This is my way. It’s a big test. As you know, I’m ambivalent about AI produced images. I think that it is a logical progression of photographic technology. I also think it could be the ultimate vehicle for theft. I think you have to decide your own moral and artistic ground.
This is my photograph. I made it at during the opening parade of Mardi Gras, the Krewe of Zulus. It is actually the St. Augustine Marching 100. They pretty much start the day.
I used it as a base for a DALL-E AI program. It created a blue image. When has there ever been a blue Mardi Gras image so I imported it into OnOne and went to work, my way.
Make no mistake, this work wasn’t easy or fast. Maybe that’s what put the soul back into the artwork. The human element is what will save all of the AI produced work. Pictures. Words. Music.
At least, that’s what I think.
Happy Mardi Gras, even if it is only just another Tuesday where you live. That’s what it is in Afton on the farm.
But, I carry Mardi Gras in my heart and soul.
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