Monday, May 13, 2024

Visual AI Meditations on Psalms 51 and 121 by Greg Williams

 For his final project for my Psalms class, Greg Williams leveraged his experience with prompt engineering and design and development of artistic concepts to create DALL-E (ChatGPT) images illuminating Psalms 51 and 121. Below are some of his images and excerpts of his discussion of them:  

Psalm 51:3, "For I know my transgressions, and my sin is ever before me." The image reflects the psalm's "profound and raw honesty with respect to...the depth of sin." The ash and charcoal style fits the liturgical deployment of the Psalm on Ash Wednesday. 
Psalm 121:3, "He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber." Greg explains the image as follows: "John Brown chose Harpers Ferry as the site of his famous raid and attempt to start an abolitionist slave revolt because of the importance of the Blue Ridge Mountains in the underground railroad and the ability of enslaved African-Americans to move in secret and with some safety in the many nooks and crannies of this mountainous region. The final inspiration for this image, then, is the concept of enslaved African-Americans escaping through treacherous mountains at night guided and protected by God." The Harlem Renaissance style is Greg's deliberate choice. 


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