25 July 2016
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr
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A human trait that keeps us re-imagining and re-inventing ourselves is reflected in self-expression and self- exploration. We search and find, find and search for those bits and pieces of our life’s journey that not only spark our creativity, but also keep us afloat with what we can be and do individually. This short diatribe re-introduces my latest quest to push my own level of possibilities.
Photomontage has taken over my thoughts. It has opened my path to see beyond what I usually see. I began this adventure about a week and a half ago, and have immersed myself in its various dimensions. To still a moment in time and space is to memorialize the visualization and its layers of meaning. A photograph can be seen for the obvious, or can expose its components.
In a photomontage those components multiply and are made of either desperate or inextricably linked images. In my brief jump into this genre (that is, through the digital darkroom), I have blended two images and as many as five. For me it’s not about the number of images, but the re-interpretation of the original. Sometimes my intention is blown away. While at others the completed image fulfills my intent. And sometimes the result moves vastly past my thoughts. One of the most compelling parts of this creative process is the unknowing.
What will transpire in the re-imaging of that framed moment? How do I know when to curtail the process, doing just enough to produce an image that actually is (to me) more powerful or intriguing than the original? Why even make a photomontage? My responses to these queries are being examined as I experiment.
What I can say is that it is a completely energizing experience. It’s as though my inner lens is mining for the visual story that builds the elements of the past into the present. It’s remarkably intriguing.
Photomontage is a continual aesthetic and method class: construction and re-construction and construction anew. The final image is a still (life) image made by the re-interpretation.
This direction places me on a new trajectory. It lifts me into the world of my inner seeing, building layers within and outside of my visual universe. Regardless, my photographic eye continues to define and refine. As part of this evergreen process, a composite photograph is created using intertwined stories—stories that mirror life’s journey.
In the Lens section is an image that reflects nature as the past and present. The composite image was created with four photographs: each portrays nature. The final photomontage is an ever-changing forest: a reflection of nature and human nature’s tinkering. The original image is part of the entrance to a path that moves along a creek. The area is maintained by the city, and the foreground of my composition is a mowed area, showing human nature’s hand in the natural world.
“We” think that there is a separation between nature and human nature, but humans always have been entwined with Mother Nature. In those seamless times we measure and value all living things as one.
Tip of the Week:
Gary Winogrand (1928-1984) was an American photographer who recorded everyday urban street life from the 1950s through the early 1980s. He also is an icon in the history of documentary photography. During his life he had champions of his images, but his early death occurred before his work was fully appreciated. Read more about Winogrand and view his work here. The following are a few of his quotes that make me think deeper about the photographic moment. Whether you agree with Winogrand or not, each quote does evoke a response.
“There is no special way a photograph should look.”
“You have a lifetime to learn technique. But I can teach you what is more important than technique, how to see; learn that and all you have to do afterwards is press the shutter.”
“Photography is not about the thing photographed. It is about how that thing looks photographed.”
“The photograph should be more interesting or more beautiful than what was photographed.”
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1st Monday: Nature.
2nd Monday: Macro.
3rd Monday: Black and White.
4th Monday Challenger’s Choice (Pick One: Abstraction, Animals, Architecture, Food Photography, Night Photography, Objects, Panorama, Portraiture, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.