17 December 2018
Taken in Camera+ and edited in Snapseed and Pixlr.
Click onto image to enlarge. Let me know your response to this photomontage. Prints are available upon request.
As the year continues to wane, I seek more and more optimism. One of my year-end rituals is to peruse my photo library, scanning my year’s inner lens. This tradition has a way of uplifting and instilling introspection.
Then I search to select one image to post that seems to show the direction of my imagery over the last twelve months. It may not be my favorite, but it must cheer and reveal certain qualities. I also like to take a short break from the blog, and want to have a lively image to exhibit as a last visual story for my blog in 2018.
In the Lens section is a photomontage, and that technique as well as collage has become a regular feature of my work. Photomontage, especially, are magical and mysterious, allowing me to create a composite of the real world with an illusion and imaginary vision of my inner universe.
I wish for all of you a quiet and peaceful turn of the year, and may 2019 bring sheer moments of creative energy and enthusiasm and exhilaration. If the cloud of climate change does nothing else, it should spark desire to live life to its potential, and bring all of us together toward a quest for community activism about how to return our world into a healthy planet.
Ode to Nature:
Lightens life’s step.
Vivifies life’s mood.
Heightens life’s purpose.
Fortifies life’s destination.
Note: To end the year on an uplifting note is always a personal mission. As most of you know, I am a dedicated environmentalist and gardener, and climate change is always, always in the forefront of my thoughts. And so it was with a teeny tiny sigh of relief that I read the following:
Fantastic image, Sally.
Lovely to hear from you, thanks so much.
Positive message indeed Sally. Joys of the season and Happy New Year to you
Tina, same to you, and see you soon. Thanks.
Sally, what a glorious image, wishing you Happy Holidays and may your new year be as glorious as this image.
Cornelia, I appreciate your response. Wishes to you and yours for peaceful days ahead in the New Year.
Beautiful photo, Sally. I am with you- climate change should be our number one concern. (with many other concerns to follow)
Jane, indeed, hope that your holiday season is filled with fond memories. I appreciate your response. Thanks.
Sally, what a wonderful montage to end the year with. The colors, and the two white flowers seeming to fall off the panel, just lovely! And the article on the Paris Pact is also a wonderfully uplifting way to wrap up this year. Happy holidays to you.
Angeline, happy travels to you in the New Year, and best wishes in the days ahead.
A beautiful image as always Sally, and one that rewards multiple viewings.
Wishing you a peaceful, joyous Christmas, and good health and creative happiness in 2019.
Meri Kirihimete me te Hape Nū Ia
(Merry Christmas and Happy New Year)
Su, thank you for your thoughtful response. Best wishes to you and yours for a stress-free holiday and joyous days ahead in the New Year.
A wonderful pic, you did, dear Sally!
All the best to you, merry and joyfull Christmasdays and a healthy and good 2019, as well.
Ulli, lovely to hear from you. Many thanks, and a happy and peaceful holiday season to you and yours.
Very beautiful and artistically done, Sally! I don’t know much about Photomontage, I know it takes creativity to create this image and other images. Thank you for sharing with us.
Amy, I truly appreciate your response. Happy holidays and see you soon. Thanks so much.
Enjoy your break and happy holidays! 💖
Amy, thanks so much.
Happy holidays, and have a wonderful 2019, Sally.
This is a beautiful photo! The colors and the design reminds me of some Chinese painting. You are so good at doing photomontage, which I haven’t taken a lot of time to try. With your inspiration, maybe I will do it next year 😉
Have a great day.
Helen, please do try it. It opens a different creative space. Happy holidays and see you next year.
Gorgeous photo! Enjoy your break and happy holidays, Sally!
Luanne, happy holidays and joy to you and yours. See you next year. Thanks.