Experiments in photography, jewelry making, mosaics, and other artistic obsessions
12 January 2011
Getting a Better View: Raven on Yucca; Altered Photograph, May 2010/Jan. 2011, Socorro, New Mexico
I've been playing with this image for a good part of the day, trying to reclaim a so-so photograph (good composition but not-so-good light or crispness) and finally, FINALLY breaking out of my strict adherence to "reality." I love many different kinds of art, including less-than-realistic forms (though I'm not a big fan of abstract forms). But I am not adept at very many of them; in fact, some time ago I joked to a friend that I take photos because I can't paint or draw worth a damn. Photos are "supposed" to be realistic, so when I process my photos I stay very close to the original details and almost never play with brush strokes, textures, and other more artistic manipulations that Photoshop and other programs offer. Today, though, I just wanted to play. When I took this photo last May, this raven was playing, too, hopping from one yucca stalk to another and chattering at another raven (a potential mate? a competitor?). My original photo was not very well focused, so I didn't manage to capture the creature's personality very well -- it really only emerged as I ventured further and further from "reality" in manipulating the image. I hope you like it.