Saturday, August 25, 2018


"Prayers for Rain" (7-28-09 4466v2g) was just morphed from one of my oldest pic morphs. (It's one of four I made this morning of the same original pic's heavily edited version.) I have mixed feelings about it. Or rather, I like it rather unreservedly (especially given my usual pickiness when it comes to my efforts). But I'm concerned with how much it resembles Native American Indian art -- specifically Eskimo art I remember seeing somewhere over the years. (And by years I mean decades. Because although I've only been doing photography for about 8-1/2 years, I've been drawing and painting since I could hold a pen or pencil or paint brush, and closely observing all sorts of art along the way.) I did not seek to imitate Indian art; it just popped on my screen as I was trying out different things in Photoshop. Of course, it may not resemble Indian art all that much; that may just be what I see in it. But it's still a question: am I stealing, or is imitation -- even unintended -- truly the sincerest form of flattery? All this put more simply: my fear of having my work called derivative runs deep and, worse, of it being seen to be disrespectful of another culture.

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‘til next take, may you enjoy life in the ever changing light,

[aka: Patricia Kelly] **** Patricia’s dreams & poetry blog; and if you wish to copy or use any of my writing or photos, please email me for permission (under “View my complete profile”) ****


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