Maybe it’s because I wish I could paint, but cannot. I am disaster with a paint brush…unless you’re looking for really, really abstract artwork. Or maybe it’s because sometimes I find my original image just plain boring. However, it may also be because I could not do most of this before software like Photo Shop and Corel Photo came along. There is only so much manipulation you can achieve in a conventional, old fashioned darkroom.
Whatever the reason, sometimes – but not all the time – I start out with this:
And end up with this:
The story-teller in me likes to take things a step further. I am always curious to see what might unfold – I like the idea of creating new, bigger things from what already exists. If you can take your simple rose, and turn it into a gorgeous watercolour – why not? If every picture tells a story, why not expand it into an epic tale?
I posted a few photographs like the one above a while back. I used to shy away from too much digital manipulation, but I am playing around with these techniques more and more. Honestly, it is fun to just let your mind wander and your imagination take over. You never know where you’ll end up, what the end result may be or what you’ll learn along the way.
Here are the links to my other two posts featuring “re-imaged” images of mine:
Here’s one that I got really funky with: