30 January 2017
I. Taken with Camera+ and Editing in Snapseed and Pixlr
II. Taken in Camera+ and Editing in Snapseed and Pixlr
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“Art implies control of reality, for reality itself possesses no sense of the aesthetic. Photography becomes an art when certain controls are applied.” – Ansel Adams
“Photography isn’t about your camera; it’s about your soul,” says Scottish photographer David Yarrow. He continues, “As Ansel Adams once said, the lens looks both ways. It’s about your emotional investment in something–the narrative you want to offer to a scene.”
Over six months have passed since I began a journey to create photomontages that mostly reflect my interpretation and reverence for nature and its intersection with human nature. This photographic pilgrimage has given me new ways of seeing and living with my spiritual guide: the natural world and its wonders.
Recently, I remembered some moments from my recent trip to Longwood Gardens with my grandson. While viewing the holiday displays, I was drawn to the White Tiger Lilies that ran along the border of the main hall of the Conservatory. When I began to peruse my images from that sweetly memorable trip, I realized that the photomontage in the Lens section was imagined long before I actually created it.
My intentions were to portray the illusion of nature’s palette and the deeper strength of monochrome. While color has a strangely charismatic lure, it also can be ho-hum. Just as color black and white is never black and white, but increases its appeal or turns you elsewhere. It has variants and levels of play that defy a precise interpretation. Each is never as it first appears to our spying.
Photographs in the Lens section merge the visual with a sense that nothing is as simple as it appears to be. The combination of lilies and other plant life frees the viewer’s eye to wander through the photographic visual puzzle*.
These composites are in their final form an “un-reality,” even as I imagine that they could be real. Layers of nature are blended and cry out with exuberance. They seem to say that we must be vigilant to delve deeper than their surface appearances.
As the image maker I understand that each photomontage exists only inside my imagination. The photomontage lifts my spirits and shows nature in the abstraction, a place that takes me from the moment of seeing the individual images into the unknown: a photographic visual puzzle* to be sure.
Tip of the Week:
Here are a few apps that you might want to explore. Each has its own method to create double exposure: Fused, Image Blender, Photo Blender, and Enlight. I use Pixlr, which suits my sensibilities. My own experience has taught me to experiment with various apps to find those that compliment my intentions and style. What works for me may not work for someone else. It’s fun to take the journey to that discovery. Happy playing.
* Photographic Visual Puzzle © Sally W. Donatello All Rights Reserved
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If you’d like to join this Mobile Photography Challenge, please click here for details and history of the challenge. If you have any questions, please contact me. Below is a reminder of the monthly schedule with themes for upcoming challenges:
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, Photomontage, Still Life, Street Photography, and Travel).
5th Monday: Editing and Processing with Various Apps Using Themes from the Fourth Week.