The building at Number 134 6th street had become something of a personal challenge. I loved its architectural flourishes – additions for beauty’s sake alone. Faux columns with elaborate carvings. An arched entryway. Intricate decorative details. The weathering of years; the texture of passing time.
My attempts to capture its beauty failed. I was never satisfied with the results, deleting image after image. Discouraged yet undaunted, I kept returning – drawn by its loveliness, its lines, its textures. I experimented with different framing and compositions, trying to find some way to communicate my attraction for this facade.
And then finally – an image that worked. Something with a little bit of depth and context; showing you enough to be intrigued. But it was the post-processing that sealed the deal for me. I was simply playing around with different actions and textures, experimenting with this and that, when I stumbled upon this combination of layers. I caught my breath – “Yes! this is it!” The sense of mystery. A return to the past. A celebration of its delicate details.
I don’t think we can force creativity. But sometimes we have to keep trying, keep revisiting, not give up on that tiny spark of an idea.
We have to keep going back. Until we get it.
Texture Tuesday Processing
- Convert to black and white using Pioneer Woman Photography “B&W Beauty” action
- Process the Pioneer Woman Photography “Cooler” action to add a bluish tone
- Run my mid-tone action to highlight the texture
- Add the Just Cause texture, opacity = 75% and blend mode = Linear Burn
Below is the original image and Photoshop layers palette.
Linking with Texture Tuesday