Ghosts in the Walls
“Pause often; listen deeply”
from the Good Life Project “Living Creed” by Jonathan Fields
There is something wonderful about the decaying and abandoned, proudly wearing its patina of age; lovingly adorned with curves and swoops and the fine filigree of another time.
There is beauty here – in the cracks and the dirt and the imperfections, each marking the passage of time.
There are stories absorbed in these walls; hidden behind these panes of glass. They wait patiently, tiny flickers in the corner of our eye, just outside our vision.
No longer shiny; no longer new. But certainly with stories to tell. If we are ready to listen.
- Process the CoffeeShop Blog Cross-Processing action, choosing option 3. Add a layer mask, retaining the cross-process coloring only in the window panes area. Reduce opacity to 80%
- Run my mid-tone contrast action to enhance the textures and the window reflections
- Add the Minus 43 texture, sizing to fit. Mask the texture so that it is eliminated from the window panes. Set blend mode to Color Burn and opacity to 90%
- Clip a Levels Adjustment to the texture layer, increasing the contrast of that layer
- Clip a Hue/Saturation Adjustment to the texture layer, reducing the saturation to -59 and increasing the lightness to +16 so that the texture layers blends well with the original background
- Separate the woman from her background with a layer mask. Drag and drop this masked image into the working composite. Size and transform. Set blend mode to Soft Light and opacity to 75%
- Copy the woman layer. Flip Horizontal and size, positioning in the lower right-hand corner.
Below are the original images used in the creation of this composite. The woman image is from the Stage Beauties: Edwardian Theater & Silent Film Actresses CD collection.
Linking with Texture Tuesday, hosted by Kim Klassen
You still have time to submit your challenge to the January edition of the Third Thursday Challenge. The link will be open through the end of day on January 31.