In Words and Pictures
word [wurd] n.
a unit of language,
consisting of one or more spoken sounds or their written representation,
that functions as a principal carrier of meaning.
When I started this blog, I didn’t really think about words. About the fact that blogging implied putting words together on a regular basis with a certain degree of competence. Using those words to communicate something. Something that my readers might find amusing or helpful or even inspirational. That might strike a common chord about this creative journey that we walk together.
I didn’t think about the fact that sometimes the words don’t come. That the page remains blank, for all my attempts to cobble something together; something worthy of the Publish button. Half-formed ideas and random phrases float through my mind but fail to coalesce into meaningful shape, with a beginning and an end. Something of substance.
My creative work is primarily visual; expressed through the photographic language of line, form, texture and color. So, if it is true that a picture is worth a thousand words, then today I will have to let my image speak for me. It must be my voice because I’ve got nothing else.
What do you do when words escape you?
Texture Tuesday Steps
An image of geometry; of symbols. Dark and light; yin and yang; of balance. Enhanced with mysterious text. What is the message?
- Duplicated the original image, Soft Light blend mode
- Processed my Midtone Contrast action
- Aurora Texture, Linear Burn blend mode
- Aurora Texture, Color Burn blend mode. Using the transform function, this layer was stretched so that the text in the bottom right corner was sized to fill up that section of the image. A mask was added to eliminate the texture from the dark half.
- Aurora Texture, Linear Burn blend mode, opacity=65%. Again, using the transform function, the text in the top right was sized to fill up that section. A mask was added so that only that portion of the texture showed through.
- Levels adjustment to increase overall contrast