I’ve been playing with various forms of inversion techniques for years as they can occasionally produce striking results. For me, the problem is that those results are usually also strikingly fake.
Point of reference: Abstract is not fake. Abstraction in art is about enhancing perspective. Fake is taking reality and just making it look different. The puzzle for me has been using an inversion technique in an abstract way, which is why I rarely use one. Among my earliest blogs a couple years ago (no, I can’t find it) I said that the creation of photo art is not about simply sticking a watercolor filter on an image and calling it done. Applying an inversion layer or filter seems to me to invalidate, or perhaps overwhelm, any artistic strokes before or after it. In my work, I use multiple layers, multiple filters, multiple blends and transparencies in concert with each other, often directed at just a few pixels, to create abstract realism. Inversion techniques don’t seem to play nice with anything.
I don’t know that this work comes off any better, but I find that I’m satisfied with the result. So … toss it out there … see if it plays nice …
All my life I have had to learn to do things differently. To see the world differently.