If you’re familiar with the work of surrealist Rene Magritte, it probably won’t take you long to realize which of his paintings I drew inspiritation from to create the above composite. You may not remembered the title Golconda, as Magritte’s titles were often as mysterious as his content but the vision of men wearing bowler hats and falling from the sky like rain, is pure Magritte.

            I had photographed the elements (my neighbor John and a late afternoon sky) over a year ago for a class assignment in which I was to produce three composites in the style of my favorite surrealist.  While I did submit three images, I ran out of time before I could finish this one. I rediscovered the files a week ago while searching for something I had archived for a client and decided it was worth revisiting.  Seventy-seven layers and a bit of masking later I think I’ll consider it finished.

The title Golconda was suggested to Magritte by poet friend Louis Scutenaire. From the 14th to the 17th century, Golconda was a city at the center of India’s mining industry and became a synonym for “mine of wealth.” What  was Magritte alluding to? Well, your guess is as good as mine.