Monday, May 05, 2008

All the better to see you with -

"Multiplying the Hood"
digital collage by Mick Mather
Over the past few days, figures in hooded jackets have been crossing my path. A pair of teenagers strolling past the window for one example and a poker player who was losing a big hand on TV for another. Then, as I was driving past the zoo the other day, I looked over at one of the wolves in his enclosure. Hmm, Sam the Sham and that Red Haired Gal! Finally, as I began to manipulate and layer tonight's image, there she was! Li'l Red Riding Hood, multiplied. Go figure (no pun intended)!

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Blogger *iTkUpiLLi* said...

I have no idea what this is, strange and fascinating. I tried to read your text and I didn't understand anything. I should be learning English now, but I think I'm loosing even those few words I knew. :))

4:38 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

itkupilli:
So sorry about this post, Kirsi. It's a bit difficult to unravel due to a number of vague references and connections that cross cultures. First, the image is of a girl wearing a jacket with a hood, repeated 18 times ... thus the title, "Multiplying the Hood".

Vague reference number one is Little Red Riding Hood, a very old European fairy tale that can be traced as far back as the 14th century. In my post, I've recently seen real people wearing hooded jackets, one of them a professional card player that I saw on television in a high stakes poker tournament.

Vague reference number two is that I actually saw one of the wolves at the Burnet Park Zoo. As I'm sure you know, a wolf is Li'l Red Riding Hood's nemesis in that old story.

Vague reference number three is a 1960's pop band called Sam the Sham and the Pharaohs who had a huge hit record called "Little Red Riding Hood. Once again, it's Red Riding Hood that I mean in my somewhat modernized phrasing: that "Red Haired Gal".

Vague reference number four is at the end of the post where I allude to the multiplied nature of the image connected to a bad pun, "Go Figure". At one time, mathematics in the United States was often referred to as doing your figures. Teachers, for example, might often say: "Go (do your) Figures".

I hope this clears a few things up, although I'm willing to bet that much of this went past a few more folks than I may yet realize. It's my free association thinking at work here rather any problem you have with understanding clear English. :)

7:54 PM  
Blogger hpy said...

Of course the multiplied hood is there, but if you look at the picture in a reversed way you may see underpants drying on a rope.

11:51 PM  
Blogger Elegia said...

Multiple personality. Looks the same but there are differences.

12:24 AM  
Blogger SusuPetal said...

I'll bet the wolf is getting tummy ache after finishing all those gals.

1:50 AM  
Blogger Mick said...

hpy:
I see London. I see France ... :D

elegia:
Always there must be some differences I think and, ohhh! I like that idea, multiple personalities. :)

susupetal:
LOL, I bet that's true. So many gals, so little time. :D

4:51 AM  
Blogger *iTkUpiLLi* said...

LOL, oh, now when you explain it so easy!! But I still don't see the Hood!!!

I see like fingers hanging on a rope!

1:26 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

itkupilli:
LMAO @ fingers hanging on a rope! Now I can't see the hood either! :D

3:24 PM  
Blogger Shani said...

Dang Mick! I think your explanation just confused the poor girl even more! Hihihihihi...I did however find it very amusing. As for the work itself...I like it!! It's like Andy Warhol's soupcans meet the 'hood. Or something like that, anyway...it's cool!

12:51 PM  
Blogger Mick said...

shani:
LOL, I think Kirsi understood it, she just isn't seeing the image as a hooded figure. I liked the Warhol reference and am pleased that you enjoyed it. :)

3:34 PM  

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