Today I feel like I have got part of my photographic spirit back after a lull. The lull is something I have had for a long time, the tide started to turn in the summer when i started this blog and started teaching. A lot of things changed in my life at this time, I will not talk about them now. This time before the summer still tastes bitter in my mouth.
This week I have had the feeling I used to get back in the darkroom developing prints. A tingling sensation in my arms and slight palpitations in my heart and this ache in my legs that made me want to run around and show off an image.
The first image i had this with this week was my Orchid. It is such a beautiful image with a flowing detail from shadows to highlights. The Orchid Image is something that i want to replicate again and got me thinking about doing more still life work.
The second image was of my cat. I know that in 1000 years when the apocalypse has passed and archaeologists are looking at what their ancestorsworshiped they will think cats if they ever find the internet database (just like we believe the Egyptians worship cats from their hieroglyphs).
I was really excited by this picture. Kryton (or spidercat) sat patiently while I photographed him on my phone and then edited him before posting a cropped version on Instagram. I was excited. The image is a mobile image but his face expression added by the editing process adding the red filter and then the old effect gave the image something reminiscent of a portrait of a king.
The third image was this afternoon when i was preparing an image for my normal Friday editing blog post. I was working with an idea, double exposure. I went back to my discarded images and found two and started working on them. In the process I got taken over by the work and the image creating a photograph so proud of.
The photograph is a HDR double exposure with a Faux “Pin Hole” “Lomo” effect. The image is so intriguing to me, the way the double exposure has worked so subtly on the fast moving water and yet with the blurring of the digital effect makes the mind wonder what is further behind this layer. The colors are so rich but not over saturated but contrasted enough. My mouth waters looking at it.
These are the reasons I love photography and one is it makes me feel good. The feeling is something I have been missing for many years, although there have been good images I have not felt this rush in me. This complete and utter urge; to do more, make more, and be better, instead of feeling this is something I must do because I love it. It is a feeling of something I want to do because I love it. I am not sure what else i have to say.
Please enjoy these images as much as I have in making them.