by Tony Karp
Bubble Pictures!
 - Third avenue in the rain - -  New York City dream bubble - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
New York City dream bubble
I first got the idea for these bubble pictures while looking at a NASA photograph of Earth from space. It seemed so round and perfect. And from this, my bubble pictures were born. While other photographers have placed a bubble in their pictures, I have placed the world into my bubbles.

Bubble pictures (Spherism) can be created by a number of different methods. One way is by using a camera lens that gives a fisheye vision of the world. I built my own fisheye lens in 1962, made from surplus optical lenses, and attached to my Canon single lens reflex camera. (See Modern Photography, September 1962.) This lens was also used by fashion photographer Hiro to shoot a magazine cover for art director Henry Wolf. I still use fisheye-style lenses from time to time on my current digital cameras.

The other way to create bubble pictures is by "spherizing" them on the computer. Right now, I'm experimenting with the "Spherical Miracle" plug-in made by Wilkington Smythe. This plug-in is quite versatile. It can produce either circular images or elliptical ones.

This is a small sample of my bubble images. This group was made using the Wilkington Smythe plug-in and there are samples of both circular and elliptical images.

The images are from 1959 to 2013. They are truly trans-millennial bubbles.

 -  A cat in Cordes sur Ciel represents all of the cats in France - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
A cat in Cordes sur Ciel represents all of the cats in France
 -  A meeting of shadows inside a bubble - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
A meeting of shadows inside a bubble
 -  Reagan and Gorbachev at the temple of Dendur - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
Reagan and Gorbachev at the temple of Dendur
 - A bubble inside the Metropolitan Museum  - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
A bubble inside the Metropolitan Museum
 - A face in Tile-World  - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
A face in Tile-World
 -  A fork in a bubble - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
A fork in a bubble
 -  Meditation Object - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
Meditation Object
 - Griffith Park Observatory in Los Angeles 1959 - -  Greetings from another planet - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
Greetings from another planet
 -  The artist's muse meets Mr. Escher at the Metropolitan Museum - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
The artist's muse meets Mr. Escher at the Metropolitan Museum
 -  A portrait of the artist as a bad sketch - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
A portrait of the artist as a bad sketch
- George Washington - - A financial bubble  - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
A financial bubble
 -  Artist's muse and his son at the spaceport - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
Artist's muse and his son at the spaceport
 -  Haunted trees inside a bubble - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
Haunted trees inside a bubble
 - Twisted electricity inside a bubble  - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
Twisted electricity inside a bubble
 -   spiral staircase easily fits inside a bubble - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
spiral staircase easily fits inside a bubble
 -  Snow globe in a bubble - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
Snow globe in a bubble
 - Tokyo fish in a bubble  - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
Tokyo fish in a bubble
 -  Digital noise makes an abstract bubble - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
Digital noise makes an abstract bubble
 -  An old Italian eye, in cracked plaster - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
An old Italian eye, in cracked plaster
 - From a bubble in Paris to Paris in a bubble  - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
From a bubble in Paris to Paris in a bubble
 - A bubble-shaped spaceship approaches Earth  - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
A bubble-shaped spaceship approaches Earth
 -  What the Internet really looks like, seen close-up - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
What the Internet really looks like, seen close-up
 -  The trees in our neighborhood exist in a bubble - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
The trees in our neighborhood exist in a bubble
 -  The Reliquary Head of St. Yrieix  - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
The Reliquary Head of St. Yrieix
 - The building bubble in Tokyo  - Bubble Pictures - made with Wilkington-Smythe
The building bubble in Tokyo

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