I had not visited this forum for a while and almost missed some great images that have been posted since my last visit. Well done by all but me, lol.
Here are a couple of simplistic minimalistic manipulations that turned out better than I had expected.
These images have a totally different feel about them than the originals. The manipulations involved de-saturation, contrast adjustments, background removal, creating a negative and a little sharpening.
Image 3 show a zoomed in detail
C&C welcome and all feedback is appreciated.