Today's issue of Picture to Ponder evolved from some of my experience of "creating" during the last two days. I wound up spending a good amount of time adding new images to products in my Nature Art Gift shop. This included creating prints of the silk painted mandala featured in last week's Picture to Ponder as well as portions of the garlic bulb imagery below. Also at a customer's request I put the "Sh*t Happens - I find the beauty" on a mug. She loves the message and wanted one for herself and one for a gift.
After working on the mug I went to the garlic bulb segments featured here and on the blog in September. I particularly love the photograph and wanted to have it on a calendar in my kitchen. (The calendars are actually a very cost effective way of getting 8X10 -approx - prints. I simply cut off the calendar part when finished, or before.)
As I started working with the photo in Photoshop Elements, I "accidentally" focussed in on one portion of it. I then became enraptured with the silky texture and created a page with some variations on one of my sites. Stilll excited, I've put a composite of three of them here for
Today's Featured Photos -
As you can see the top two are the same view rotated 90 degrees, each projecting a different feeling. The "silkiness" that so appeals to me remains in both.
For the bottom image I created a "montage", mainly to show the original image with which I had started. There are a couple of more images on the garlic page where it is easier to spend time with each image separately.
Self-Reflecting Queries -
Today's experience and story relates to being open to the unexpected, focusing in and shifting perspectives.
I am assuming that more than likely you never pay too much attention to a garlic bulb if/when you take it apart to get separate the cloves. In the case of the above two segments I
was taken aback when I made the "discovery", kept the pieces for photographing and for further exploration with my camera. Ultimately, as evidenced by the above, the photographs themselves became another playground for exploration.
Is there anything that has caught your eye or attention recently that you chose to spend some time with and look at in a different way?
If yes, what opened up for you out of that experience? If no, I invite you to find something very "ordinary" and see what new you can mentally/imaginatively create from it. And, of course, even if "yes", I suggest you do this.
I also invite you to really zoom in on pieces of the object, person or situation and see what new you can find. Does the shift in visual perspective, create any other changes for you?
As always, have fun and open up to new possibilities.
Then please post your experience in the COMMENTS section of this post on the BLOG.
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