THE SPINE OF THE NIGHT, NUCLEUS, & AT GALAXY'S EDGE
"The Spine of the Night" above was taken in that stand of cannas I so like photographing. The original was much larger in scope and way too visually busy and messy. So I just kept isolating various small sections of it until I hit on shapes I really liked; then had great fun changing the colors.
The above "Nucleus" is the center of a wide open dying lavender rose. I have another photo I took that shows the entire flattened rose, so didn't need this second one. That made me feel even freer to fool around with it to my heart's content. (Yes, I always have the original I can revert to, but I have made an occasional mistake and irretrievably altered an original. Which means that possibility is always in the back of my mind when I mess extensively with a photo.)
And this last, "At Galaxy's Edge," was the only very small section of a larger garden photo that wound up being interesting at all. I liked that ruffly effect and knew before I even began fooling with it that it put me in mind of galaxies and such. And at least to me, it now looks a bit like a painting. Decades back when I was painting in oils I sometimes enjoyed layering the paint on, creating texture. This photo reminds me of that effect.
Sigh, now that I've had a surfeit of picture editing and this post is drafted and up, how will I save my sanity today? No joke. First and foremost, beyond what any of my photos (or poems or any other creative attempt) may or may not offer a viewer, is how entering that creative, questioning, exploratory state of consciousness keeps me sane. If only for the time I'm in it.
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