And to think I studied art

Why bother with an art degree and messy paints, when a free app can change ordinary photos into really, really cool images?*

Metro, 2016

Metro, 2016

Prisma (note: not a paid endorsement) uses neural networks to render photographs in the style of a range of artworks. The results can be transformative.

J-shaped dog, 2016

J-shaped dog, 2016

I am embarrassed to admit how much I love this cartoonish selfie, taken beside my ambulance while sporting a crew member's borrowed sunglasses. 

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The downside is Prisma is that a few filters produce such reliably dramatic results that it becomes a little repetitive. After you apply the same process to the fifth or sixth photo, it doesn't feel quite so revelatory or creative. 

I've embraced a new challenge: take photos that will look good when using the less-interesting filters. 

* There are many reasons.