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This is an image I created in early 1999, and rendered to print resolution. I modelled and rendered it in a ray tracer called Imagine, which I used for about a decade.

It plays around with a subject that fascinates me - old visions of the future, especially from the era of the Great Depression. It seems to me that the worse conditions became all over the country - and the world, really - the wilder and more hopeful people's visions of the future became. Because trouble was everywhere and affected nearly everyone in sight these ideas for the future were less personal - " What wonderful things will I be doing when this is over?" - but truly universal, embodying visions of how entire societies could be changed for the better. Of course, we'd still all have our own airplanes, autogyros, or rockets.

There's a lot of material in here from the New York World's Fair of 1939, as well as old science fiction and a book about "Technocracy" ( a social movement determined to remake the structure of prices in terms of the actual energy used to create... anything).
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TomWilcox Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2009
Your entire gallery is breathtaking!
White-Tean Featured By Owner Apr 18, 2008
does that mean in the future there's no slave labour if there is a cost based in energy? Oh, goodbye cheap shoes...
jojomercury Featured By Owner Mar 13, 2006
I did'nt leave a comment before when I fav'ed this image but it came up on my random list and hit me like it did the first time with a wave of nostalgia and a feeling of home.In this world of everything has a price this is a priceless feeling that was had for free thanks to your wonderful imagination.Kudos!!
Peace&Respect Jojo
TaNBourinE Featured By Owner Jan 22, 2006   Traditional Artist
Stunning work! The lighting is fantastic!
xeNusion Featured By Owner Nov 10, 2005
imagine? strange enough. didnt heard something about it since my amiga days.
nice work.
seafaringgypsy Featured By Owner Aug 21, 2005
I'm sure you're familiar with the band U2. Your comments on this remind me of the song God Part II off Rattle and Hum, specifically the lyric "we glorify the past when the future dries up."

I absolutely adore the lines in your work. The curves in the rocket and the you have such great tones to your work.

It also helps that it reminds me of my room as a kid. I got into building model rockets and ham radio kits with my pop. Now I'm teaching my kid brother to do the same thing.
-silencer- Featured By Owner May 7, 2005
Art Deco fan i see :)
Faraleigh Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2005  Student Writer
I was never really the biggest fan of science fiction (yes, I like it, but, for example, it's not something I'd want to surround myself with and write about and whatnot), but that explanation you gave in the description of this picture somehow made it make more sense to me. Maybe it connects on the level where I draw my inspiration for writing... where I want to offer an escape and hope and all that wonderful stuff for people. Anyway, so I don't rant and ramble, I'll just say thank you for giving that. :)
Caddielook Featured By Owner Jan 1, 2005  Hobbyist Digital Artist
no words... great work. :+fav:
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BWS Featured By Owner May 2, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thanks! I'm a fan of designs from 1812's era, too :).
limnersphere Featured By Owner Mar 18, 2004  Professional Photographer
I've told you before how I love how pay attention to details. This one has so many from the textured pattern on the rocket to the old style radio to the overshadowed book called Technocracy. Wonderful details and well-composed image that 'zaps' the viewer back to the 50's
a-t-o-m-i-c Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2004
Great job, I love the retro-science fiction look, I have to say its a really fun theme to play with if you can do it right. And you obviously can, very niece piece of work.
BWS Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Thank you!
orb-gettarr Featured By Owner Mar 5, 2004
Hey, I remember technocracy!...

You know, that rocket of yours kind of reminds me of a fat inkpen...

But I have seen that design in some of the old badly-made science fiction films of the fifties...

You should work on a flying saucer next to honor the country's period of raving over alien invasions during the fifties..

Remember the War of the Worlds debacle, where the public actually thought we were being invaded by Martians? I think that made Orson Welle's career right then and there.. (forget about Citizen Kane!)...
BWS Featured By Owner Mar 6, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
There is a web site that's run by what seems to be one of the original members of the Technocracy movement, back in the early thirties, who's pretty upset by any more recent uses of the word :).
orb-gettarr Featured By Owner Mar 7, 2004
perhaps he's been around long enough to see that technology by itself is not the answer the world needs ;)
Aidelon Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
This si so wonderful. The last three peices of work I have seen all inspire a sense of nostalgia. I really like these. Nicely going. :)


P.s. I love this, your work is so wonderful!
onestar Featured By Owner Feb 29, 2004
It's the details in your works that I always admire, and I see many details here that are so cool.

kev Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2004
Wow! that is gr8! I luv the retro stuff
lord-nougat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2004
Technocracy sounds somewhat more sensible than the systems espoused these days.

Also, you seem to be profoundly inspired, which I both envy and applaud!
BWS Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2004  Professional Digital Artist
Like most of these ideas it makes a lot more sense before you look at it more closely. Figure that in order to set the price for a bushel of wheat you need to add up the energy that every step in its production chain consumed; and then, you have the same price for any bushel of wheat, whether it was grown and harvested in a huge corporate farm or by a sharecropper. It's just a little too complicated to be practical unless the engineers in charge determine exactly how every step of every process MUST be carried out, which is high on my list of Ideas of Hell :).

But thanks!
lord-nougat Featured By Owner Feb 28, 2004
Hahaha!! Yeah, that sounds like micromanagement hell now that you mention it!! Some of the best sounding ideas just can't work because of those pesky details!
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