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ShareMondays2020 – Life In Lockdown

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ShareMondays2020 – Life In Lockdown

I set myself another learning challenge this week which forced me to stick myself in front of lens! I wanted to learn how to create a displacement layer with text to overlay onto my face. I watched several video tutorials on YouTube, and pieced together elements from the different approaches, to find a method that worked for me. The text is from one of my own poems called Identity, a self-portrait in words if you like! I used an online tool to place the text into a word or tagcloud. There are several available. You can also add the text straight into Photoshop and arrange as you want.

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Identity

Do you know me yet?
My name is whispered in
The gathering breeze,
Sung with elation by
The wild breaking seas.
It screams from the cliff tops
Into soft, shadowed lees
And is hushed by the warmth
Of tumbling leaves,
A gentle susurration
Twixt autumnal trees.

I have flown on the winds,
Delved fathomless oceans,
Fallen great heights,
Risen from depthless emotions.
Felt the warmth on my face
Of a sun kissed horizon.
I’m the song of the earth.
My roots run far, deep, and wide,
Bearing scars of life lived,
From your sight, I’ll not hide.

My height is unmeasured,
My depths undiscovered.
‘Tho my glow may be dimmed,
My soul still recovered.
I am born of this world,
A sweet force of nature,
A creature of magic,
Mother, lover, carer, creator.
Determined, desired,
Oft’ tired, yet inspired.
A wild thing, set free!
I ask you again,
Do you, yet, know me?

This video is a good starting point!

I decided to take a number of portraits while I was set up for it and try to convey some of the emotions that so many of us are feeling during lockdown. Not even being able to leave my flat, as a shielded individual, I’m feeling the pressure even more. The outdoors has always been my sanctuary, my coping strategy. Channelling my feelings into photography and poetry has been a good outlet for me. Learning is my main coping strategy now! I’ve always loved learning, but the good feelings and sense of achievement are more important to me now than ever before!

My homages to The Scream and Anxiety by Edvard Munch

I couldn’t resist a homage to Afghan Girl by Steve McCurry.

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And then I decided to really try and let my inner turmoil and frustration show. I’m only human, of course it gets to me! And although my Crohn’s has had me housebound or stuck in hospital for weeks on end before, nothing can quite prepare you for something like this. Especially knowing that I am so vulnerable to complications if I was to contract the virus. It is frightening. It is desperate. We need to everything we can to keep minimising the spread of Covid-19, staying home, protecting the NHS and the incredible front line staff and all key workers. Together we CAN save lives.

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Ghost In The Machine

Ghost In The Machine

Ghost In The Machine

Amazing what you can do from the comfort of your sofa when you’re not very well! I’d had to draw the curtains in the bright afternoon light, it really wasn’t helping the headache. That’s when I became rather captivated by the shapes and swirls from my vape (e-cigarette) in the shaft of golden light slanting in between the curtains. Piecing a few photos together the results started shouting H R Giger at me! I feel more experimental Vape-art could be coming this way soon. Sharing this for today’s Fotospeed weekend photography challenge.

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Blue Monday: In Dreams

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Blue Monday: In Dreams

Blue Monday is hosted by Jeanne at Backyard Neighbor in honour of Smiling Sally
Smiling Sally

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One Four Challenge: December Week 3

One Four Challenge: December Week 3

One Four Challenge: December Week 3

I’ve taken some inspiration this week from the Weekly Photo Challenge: Twinkle. I also wanted to make more of a feature of the original subject. I’ve created so many adjustment layers and new background layers for further adjustment that it’s a bit too hard to explain my process step by step! Much of what I do when I’m creating an abstract is unconscious experimentation. To me it feels a lot like the process of painting with oils, creating layers of tone and colour that can be moved around and remoulded to continuously reshape a picture as it grows in your mind’s eye. This one felt like it was growing into a fun starburst! So I do apologise for not going through all my steps this week and just focusing on the resulting image. Hope you all find as much fun in it as I have! Thank you to Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me for hosting this fascinating challenge.

Here are the three edits so far for December:

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One Four Challenge: December Week 2

December One Four Challenge Week 2

One Four Challenge: December Week 2

I love using abstract digital art to lead a viewer deep inside an image! The first edit of my December image became very vortex-like and reminded a few of us of Doctor Who. I thought I’d stick to a SciFi theme this week that is somewhat inspired by a surreal and brilliant scene within the film Interstellar. How would we see the passage of space and matter when moving at near-lightspeed? How would beings who perceive space in a different dimension to us, whether two or five dimensional, view our world? The mind boggles but it certainly makes for some fun artistic interpretations!

There are eight layers in my image this week which has once again been created using Photoshop. Initially I softened my subject with a Gaussian Blur, then applied a Faded Extrude filter to keep a boost of colour. I then applied a Motion Blur and created three copied layers which were flipped horizontally and vertically and merged with Screen Blending. As ever, many thanks to the lovely Robyn Gosby at Captivate Me for this inspiring challenge 🙂

I’m still keeping the original secret, but here are the two edits so far for this month:

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NaBloPoMo – Sunday Special

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NaBloPoMo – Sunday Special

It’s the last day of the November post-a-day challenge and as we’re nearing Christmas I decided to finish with some seasonal creations!

As with all my posts for NaBloPoMo 2014, these photos were all taken and processed on my phone. The lead image was created from three separate photos, cropped with the Scribble Tool, Graduated Fades then layered, blended and merged in Adobe PS Touch. The photos in the gallery were all created with the Google Photo App.

It’s been a lot of fun exploring different ways of creating digital art using only the camera and apps available for my phone! A few years ago I would never have believed any of this possible. In art, it always pays to experiment and explore with new mediums!

I’ll round out the month with a gallery of my favourite phoneography creations. Thank you, everyone, for all your comments and feedback!

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NaBloPoMo and Travel Theme: Colourful Abstracts

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NaBloPoMo and Travel Theme: Colourful Abstracts I created these abstracts using filters and layers in the Adobe PS Touch app on my Sony Xperia Z 1 phone. I’m really having such fun working artistically with only my phone this month! … Continue reading

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Miniature

Miniature

A bit of experimentation today with a little toy I got for creating abstract pieces – a USB microscope 🙂

Just a cheap one! I want to play around with the world in miniature and see how I get on.

Ideally I would love to have a proper scientific microscope to feed images directly into the laptop or capture images using a camera mount and the DSLR.