The Heart of the Matter
This was my third attempt to write this post. I was surrounded by the digital equivalent of crumpled pieces of paper, thrown at the wastebasket, each a missed shot, failing to find its mark.
I had been out-of-sorts lately, creatively speaking. On my photo walks, I re-visited the same places, in search of something – a new perspective; a different point-of-view, a subject with which to engage.
I found ten other things that “needed” my attention instead of writing – I had no words, no stories, nothing of interest to say. The fears – that I would never take another photograph worth keeping or write another sentence worth reading – crept around my chair, threatening to entangle me.
On Sunday, the sun shone and the sky was a bright blue canvas. I went to one of my favorite places to photograph – the local high school.
There, it came rushing back – my connection with the camera, with my surroundings, with my art.
I then found something extraordinary. Beneath the spiral staircase, amidst the rust stains and melting snow, I discovered this chalked heart. Hidden from view, where only someone who was looking would find it.
Kat Sloma’s incredible photography series, “Evidence of Love”, popped into my head. A big smile lit my face. Here it was, proof that the creative lull, the absence of words, was temporary.
Proof that we just have to keep looking; keep trying; keep putting in the daily effort. And we will be rewarded – with what our heart needs.
Texture Tuesday Processing
- Duplicate original image; blend mode set to Soft Light
- Process the CoffeeShop Storybook Vintage action
- Run my midtone contrast action to bring out the texture
- Add the Just Cause texture, desaturate, blend mode set to Linear Burn, opacity = 40%
- Add the Chamomile texture, desaturate, blend mode set to Linear Burn, opacity = 40%
- Add the Storm texture, blend mode set to Divide, opacity = 60%
Below is the original image and the Photoshop layers palette.
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