Having fun with the Prisma App

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I heard about the Prism app this morning, and wanted to try it out. Prisma is described as something that can “… transform your photos and videos into works of art using the styles of famous artists, as well as world famous ornaments and patterns. A unique combination of neural networks and artificial intelligence helps you turn memorable moments into timeless art.”

One of my first experiments was with their “Mondrian” filter. Let’s see what we can do with this thing … below left is a self-portrait with the Mondrian filter applied, and next to that is a “split-screen” effect combined with the Mondrian filter, featuring “Theo the Art Dog.” So, what do you think so far?

Examples of the Mondrian filter on the Prisma app

There’s a lot of other filters on the Prisma app, but I’d like to push some further exploration of the Mondrian filter. Let’s take another look below: at left, an original photograph of an iris at the Presby Memorial Iris Gardens in Montclair, NJ, and at right, the Mondrian-filtered version of the same image. I’m not sure that I like this one so much, because we lose the rich purple color of the original. I’m sure I could tweak the colors in Photoshop to try to bring the purple back, but I wanted to show you the original Mondrian filter without any edits of my own. I do like, however, how parts of this image – to the left and right of the top part of the flower, and the bottom center section of grays and whites – mimic the style of Mondrian’s “Tableau No. 2/Composition No. VII,” which is in the permanent collection at the Guggenheim.

Using the Prisma app Mondrian filter on a iris flower picture

But here’s a question that popped into my mind: what happens when you apply the Mondrian filter to a Mondrian? Below left is the original “Broadway Boogie Woogie,” 1942, and next to it is a Prisma Mondrian-filter version of the same.

Mondrian filter applied to Broadway Boogie Woogie

At any rate, the Prisma app is a lot of fun, and I look forward to seeing what else I can create with the other filters. If you want to share any of your own creations with us, send us some jpegs.

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