I couldn’t resist this scene captured at Dapdune Wharf in Guildford at the weekend. It seemed an ideal composition for Robin Gosby’s One Four Challenge! As you’ll see in the original image, the sun had dropped and this rundown area beyond the allotments was actually quite dark. It sparked my imagination though. There’s something magical about the setting. So much greenery, almost as if the landscape is reclaiming this lost and lonely spot for its own. I could imagine that this old and unused shed would seem quite sad and forlorn in the midst of winter but Summer has brought it light and warmth. This old shed is probably an important part of the local habitat now. Abandoned by man it can provide shelter for many small mammals and insects. This would be the perfect place for butterflies to overwinter, for hedgehogs to create a home underneath, for birds to build a warm and secure nest.
For my first edit I wanted to bring the warmth of the summer sun back to this scene. First I did an edit in Lightroom using the Greater Than Gatsby Clean Edit Base which I customised to my own liking before opening it in Nik Colour Efex Pro. I applied and customised Tonal Contrast, Detail Extractor, Polarisation, Skylight Filter, Pro Contrast, Reflector Efex,Vignette Filter and Glamour Glow. Now it feels like how I imagined it 🙂
This weeks challenge brought up a mix of emotions for me. Living with chronic illness for almost twenty years has often led to feelings of abandonment.
Whenever emotion becomes overwhelming I try to let it out through art and poetry. It’s a hard thing to do when life and society knocks you back again and again.
I’m fortunate to have my art as an outlet and a wonderful support network of family, friends, care workers, Specialist Nurses and Consultants. They all love my art too!
These wonderful people have helped me to rebuild my life every single time that my illnesses have tried to break me apart. They will never abandon me and I love them dearly for that and so much more!
My featured image this week is a photomontage called “Not Yet Dead” (2008/9). It’s an evolutionary piece following an oil painting made shortly after my diagnosis with Crohn’s, entitled “To The Grave” (1996/7).
These self-portraits and their companion poems document the hard times but are also a statement of intent, I won’t be kept down or left behind no matter what life throws at me!