08 January 2018
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed, FX PhotoStudio and Pixlr.
Click onto image to enlarge. Let me know your response to this photomontage. Prints are available upon request.
Usually, I amble through the day with an eye to the present. I’m not one to dwell on the past or long for tomorrow. But last year still lingers, and needs to be given perspective. It also needs to be a benchmark for this year’s actions and deeds.
And so I was prompted to pull one of my favorite images from last year. In the Lens section is a Photomontage from August, which seems eons ago. The scene is less than a mile from my home, and part of the Wild and Scenic Parks. Its ambience provides a sense of calm and serenity in the midst of outside forces that have shaken my world: battering rams to our civil, moral, political and social way of life.
For the last week or more the Atlantic region (as with other parts of the USA) has been belted by a deep freeze that has been accompanied by high winds. It is not weather for outdoor activities. So searching through last year’s images has been a treat and a chance to assess the months of experimentation with post processing and photomontage, a technique that challenges and intrigues me. It adds stardust to my creative efforts.
The scene represents the theme of my inner eye. I am devoted to the stilling of nature’s irrepressible lightning majesty: from a single raindrop to a seed pod to a single flower to a river flowing to the reflection of light to the feather of a bird.
Mother Nature cast a spell decades ago, and has been my passion since that discovery. Even in her wrath and tonight’s temps in single digits, she keeps me afloat and always hopeful.
This week I discovered that Netflix’s has the second season of Planet Earth, which is a nature series from BBC One. Narrated by Sir Richard Attenborough it details, “…the frozen tundra in the north to the dry forests of the equator… Planet Earth was the first natural history documentary to be filmed in high-definition, and now a decade later improved technology has made it possible to capture further details, from elusive animal behaviors to previously inaccessible remote landscapes. In addition to exploring the wilderness, the series examines urban dwellings, focusing on animals that have adapted to city life.” Excerpt is from Planet Earth II. View their website where you can read more about the remarkable series and watch a preview.