Saturday, January 3, 2009

Zebra, Zebra

"Zebra, Zebra" by Maggie Metcalf

I went to the San Diego Zoo with the primary intention of getting 'people' photos to work on my portrait skills after a workshop with Myrna Wacknov. That I did, but the animals did a great job of putting their best faces forward. I found that zebra stripes are individual, like fingerprints and that the contour of the stripes defines the equine contours. Keeping the image representational was important to convey the relationship between the two affectionate creatures. It feels rather bold but apparently zebra patterns are a hot fashion statement. I have ventured into retail establishments to do my share to bolster the economy and find myself drifting towards this engaging motif.