A photographer channels psychedelic times with a Golden Gate Bridge abstract.
fter months of travel restrictions former Bay Area photographer Jude Bartlett was desperate for an escape—and found it through imagination. Feeling nostalgic for the Bay, Bartlett (who goes by the pronouns they/their) scanned their gallery of San Francisco images before landing on one of the Golden Gate Bridge. “Spontaneously, I held up a reflective glass against the screen which produced this optical illusion—the reflection of many tiny bridges in rivets of kaleidoscopic Lichtenstein-like dots,” Bartlett says. “I quickly picked up my iPhone to click away capturing this image.
”Sharing the shot on a social media group of Bay Area street photographers led to a viral response, hundreds of views and plenty of reshares. “I knew by the responses that I had found my audience, sending them on a visual journey—a trippy flashback to psychedelic times.”
After a lifetime spent behind a lens and a decade of teaching iPhone photography for Apple, digital technologies have become a big influence on Bartlett’s creative process. “As much as I rely on my early training in documentary photography, I love where technology is taking photography now,” Bartlett says. “Discovering new apps, adding layers of digital textures, double exposures, and using editing software with the latest artificial intelligence, each of these techniques is moving my creative journey ever forward.”
When not capturing and crafting new images, Bartlett is teaching tech classes and exhibiting their award-winning work.