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.