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by Tony Karp
Bubbles! Bubbles! Bubbles!
 - New York Scene -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
New York Scene
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.

Here's a small sample of my bubble images. This group is 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.
 Griffith Observatory on hot sunny day - The observatory in a bubble -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
The observatory in a bubble
 - From a bubble in Paris to Paris in a bubble -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
From a bubble in Paris to Paris in a bubble
 - The Artist's muse and his son at the spaceport -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
The Artist's muse and his son at the spaceport
 - In Kamakura, the steps lead out of the bubble -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
In Kamakura, the steps lead out of the bubble
 - A trail in a bubble at Sky Meadows -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A trail in a bubble at Sky Meadows
 - The building bubble in Tokyo -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
The building bubble in Tokyo
 - Snow globe in a bubble -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Snow globe in a bubble
 - The trees in our neighborhood exist in a bubble -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
The trees in our neighborhood exist in a bubble
 - The Reliquary Head of St. Yrieix -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
The Reliquary Head of St. Yrieix
 - A portrait of the artist as a bad sketch -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A portrait of the artist as a bad sketch
 - Bethlehem Pennsylvania - Abandoned steel mills, trapped in a bubble -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Abandoned steel mills, trapped in a bubble
 - Reagan and Gorbachev at the temple of Dendur -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Reagan and Gorbachev at the temple of Dendur
 - A viaduct in Spoleto -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A viaduct in Spoleto
 - The artist's muse meets Mr. Escher at the Metropolitan Museum -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
The artist's muse meets Mr. Escher at the Metropolitan Museum
 George Washington - dollar bill - A financial bubble -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A financial bubble
 - Abstraction inside a bubble -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Abstraction inside a bubble
 - Going down Little River Road - - On the road to Bull Run -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
On the road to Bull Run
 The Strawbs used this on an album cover - - Haunted trees inside a bubble -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Haunted trees inside a bubble
 At the Handley Library in Winchester Virginia - A spiral staircase easily fits inside a bubble -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A spiral staircase easily fits inside a bubble
 - A bubble inside the Metropolitan Museum -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A bubble inside the Metropolitan Museum
 - An old Italian eye, in cracked plaster -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
An old Italian eye, in cracked plaster
 - Standing at the corner of Space and Time, looking into the future -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Standing at the corner of Space and Time, looking into the future
 - A bubble-shaped spaceship approaches Earth -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A bubble-shaped spaceship approaches Earth
 - Old scoured tree at Bull Run -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
Old scoured tree at Bull Run
 - A cat in Cordes sur Ciel represents all of the cats in France -  Tony Karp's Bubble Pictures - From 1959 to 2013 - - art  - photography - by Tony Karp
A cat in Cordes sur Ciel represents all of the cats in France
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