Apophenia “Recycling Bin”

The Work Itself: This visual assignment asked to take a picture of an object and create as many augmented versions of it as possible. My object is a recycling bin in the convergence center. I chose this object because since it has a lid on top, it makes sense that fictional objects could be emerging out of it. I used clip art for two augmented photos and then drew two other augmented photos. Here are my separate flickr links to the three augmented pictures of a recycling bin.

variation 1

Fire can





variation 2

mr trash can





Flickr Links: original recycle binflowersmonsteralienfire can man


Telling the Story Behind the Story: A recycling bin may not be as it appears. Who knows what could be living down there. With all the stuff that is thrown inside, the bin takes a life of its own. The bin is a supernatural object that miraculously can grow flowers, or even monsters. This fact is not revealed to the public, because the government is studying it and is afraid it could be related to aliens.


Narrating the Process: I took the original picture of the recycling bin with my iPhone. For the augmented versions, I used Pixlr Editor. I pasted the recycle bin as the first layer and then pasted my google images such as the monster for example as a second layer. I used the tools to position the objects as I saw they best fit. For the flower augmented version, I drew the flowers using the brush and sketch tools. For the alien or human recycle bin photo and fire can man photo I had to do the most edits.

I went to new layer and choose the drawing tool and selected the circle. I created two circles for eyes and used the Paint Bucket tool and choose white as the color and poured white into the circles for the eyes.
Next, I created another layer and chose the drawing tool and selected the circle. I created two circles for the pupils and used the paint bucket tool and choose black as the color and poured white into the circles for the eyes.
 I then created a mouth. I created a circle for the mouth and used the paint bucket tool and grey as the color and poured grey into the circles for the open mouth. I created another layer, I used the brush tool and created a tongue and used the paint tool to pour in red. I input another layer, I used the brush tool again and changed the filter to the 85 star and used black for the eyebrows. Finally my last layer, I used the drawing tool to make a circle and the brush tool for the sides of a bow tie and used the paint bucket to pour in purple.