Art with an Exclamation Point
Do you see it there on the left? Art with an exclamation point! The anonymous graffiti artist unknowingly inspires me and a new piece of art emerges from our unwitting partnership. And with our collaboration a new story is written.
Spray-paint and the click of the shutter. Together making a statement about what art is. What it can be. Where it can be found. Many times in the most unexpected places.
Note: I am not advocating defacing of abandoned buildings – buildings which often serve as canvas to graffiti artists. But I was taken with this tiny train, next to the railroad tracks, heading off to parts unknown. Imagination riding the rails. Shall we ride along?
Texture Tuesday Processing
I must confess – it seems my post-processing is stuck in a rut. It’s one thing to have favorite “go-to” steps during the editing process. It’s another to use the same ones week after week, image after image.
Or is it? Obviously, I have found a look that I love, that speaks to me, that serves my images. I like saturated, high-contrast, highly-textured images. And these editing steps deliver that end result. But I may be a little bit bored with this “same-old, same-old” approach. Perhaps it’s time to shake things up a bit. But for now, here are the steps to produce the image above.
- Run the “Old West” action by Pioneer Woman Photography
- Run my midtone contrast action to bring out the textures
- Duplicate the original image, blend mode = Soft Light to increase contrast and saturation
- Add Grunged Up texture, blend mode = Divide
Linking with Texture Tuesday