What are Kaleidoscopes?

I make Kaleidoscopes out of photographs that I have taken in my back yard and around Livermore. Using Photoshop, I copy a pie-shaped slice out of an image, then copy and paste it around in a circle, flipping every other slice. The result is a lot like looking into a toy kaleidoscope, where images are reflected by mirrors into a pretty pattern. Depending on how many sides the image has, I might use 10 slices for a star shape, or up to 16 slices for a square shape. The Snowflake below has 6 sides (all snowflakes are 6-sided crystals), so I used 12 slices.

Kaleidoscope Explanation

I started making Kaleidoscopes back in 2008, and my first ones were of the historic buildings in downtown Livermore.


See my Kaleidoscope galleries

NougatClockworks Autumn Leaves on Lincoln HighwayNature Donut Wheel, LivermoreLivermore Area Gold Snowflake on PurpleSnowflakes