I love what you can do with photo editing programs these days. I haven't explored my free software and all that it can do. For years I've been happy with just the basic features.
This kind of manipulation really appeals to me. It's just fun. I have no end goal in sight. It might be fun to work something like one of these into an art piece.
There are times when I long for a telephoto lens. There are a few times when I see something in the distance, a Crane or a landscape feature that I can't get a little closer to before I shoot. But for the most part what I can do in my software with cropping and editing usually makes me happy.
Textures fascinate me. I can't get enough of them. I can see myself, in my later years, in my Nursing Home room, painting the same old wall, over and over, it's peeling paint and rusted metal objects plus graffiti, just as appealing as it is now.
Bits and pieces of a whole can be far more interesting than the entire piece.
A close up rather boring shot of sticks can become....
I can see this printed out on fabric, worked into a piece with hand dyed fabric and stitching on the white lines. I can see different kinds of materials being worked into those layers.
Black and white is still one of my strong loves. And, with the photo editing I can determine how hard or soft I want that B and W to be. What shades of gray or even highlighted with color bits I want added.
There isn't enough time in the day to do everything that I want to do. I want to play. My home and family pull at me to be responsible and do what needs to be done.
I wish I had a little Diva in me that I could be single minded and ignore the outside pulls. Sometimes I wish I was famous and then I could say, "I have to lock myself in my studio and produce, the world is waiting for my next great piece of art"!
The reality is, I'm just me. I do what I can I record my ideas and thoughts here and hope that I find the time to follow through with them.
I am one of those overly responsibly people that can't ignore what needs to be done even if sometimes it's not my job to do it. I'm what Riley calls a Helper/Friend. It's one of the jobs on the job chart, at Preschool, that you get to pick, if all the cool jobs like Meteorologist are taken.
So, I'll go weed this morning, clean up cat upchuck off the floor, cut the rest of the grass, take my granddaughter to school and plan meals to feed my family when they come to visit this weekend.
But, in the back of my mind I am manipulating texture photos, fer sure.