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Ever since I was a child I have been fascinated by the essential unreality of the mind.
(Not my words - generated by Artybollocks ... but they fit my world view perfectly, so what the hell - I thought I'd add them!)

Follow your own path; following someone else's path will only lead you to their destination or where they want you to go.
(Those are my words - thought of them the other morning, and it seems appropriate for the photographic journey Smile)

Two photographic thoughts that I'm trying to cement into my head at the moment are (1) "The poor concept, perfectly executed, still makes a poor photograph" (Misha Gordin) and (2) "Technically poor images are like poems written with poor grammar - they may have volumes of insight to convey, but they have difficultly doing it successfully" (Angela Farris Belt). I may have a way to go, but that's what I'm aiming for ...
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  • Misty

    Absolutely beautiful!
    • 16 Jan 2017 1:55PM
  • In the Hedge

    Okaaaay ... well, that's something I didn't expect to see! Smile You haven't said in your description above what this is about, what you wanted to achieve and/or whether you think you achieved it. So that's a hard point for us to start with ...

    I kind of get what I think you were trying to do ... I think ... but at first glance, I'm seeing two things - (1) is the lion from The Wizard of Oz (yes I know, but I think it's the hedge 'mane'!) and (2) something that should come with a visual health warning. It's almost creepy, though I doubt that's what you were after?

    Next time, you may want to think about finding a model who's actually willing to stick her head through a hedge for you and do the thing for real. The major benefit of that being that the result would look natural, and not as though you've plonked what looks like a studio-lit portrait onto (what looks like) a naturally lit hedge.

    So I've chanced my arm at a mod, in the hope that you (a) won't mind and that (b) it might be somewhere close to what you might have wanted ... maybe ...

    I'd like to detail what I did to it but to be honest I don't remember, other than that it went through a couple of stages in Nik's Color Efex and then another one in Nik's Tone Mapping (single image) HDR-esque plugin. Using a blend mode and a reduced opacity and then a color lookup adjustment sort of completed the look and although I now think it looks more like something 'arty', you might well disagree Grin

    Have a look though ...

    • 16 Jan 2017 1:37PM
  • Tulip in Ice

    Love that bright splash of yellow! Smile

    I've currently got a bowl of frozen water and some flower heads in it in the freezer, waiting for exactly this kind of thing. However, it (a) takes up far too much room and (b) causes the hubby to have a right old moan every time he tries to put something in that particular shelf Grin Ho hum ...

    I'm sure I read somewhere (might have been on here?) that if you use a hairdryer gently on the more opaque bits of ice, it helps to clear it so the actual petals can be seen more. Might be worth a try, although I shouldn't think it would need much warming? Knowing me, I'd melt the whole damned thing in my desire to clear the cloudy bits Grin

    Good luck!

    • 16 Jan 2017 12:48PM
  • Austin

    It's Monday ... I don't do vegetable talk on Mondays ...

    What a wonderfully balanced, beautifully processed image of a delightful vintage classic. The combination of the green of the grass set against the midnight blue of the car's paint is a contrast that works well. Combined with the gently swaying carrots ... oh bugger, I mean 'corn' ... in the background, and all in all it's an image I could pillage ... sod it, I mean 'contemplate' ... for ages Grin

    Oh what the heck - it's a fab image, even if it is 'normal' and contains no weirdness!

    • 16 Jan 2017 12:09PM
  • Weardale in winter

    Very different, and very beautiful as well.
    • 16 Jan 2017 12:00PM
  • Sleepy

    Awww! Smile
    • 16 Jan 2017 11:57AM
  • Out Of The Shadows

    I reckon that's good use of negative space! A lovely image of her Smile
    • 13 Jan 2017 3:00PM
  • I finally got round to having a proper look at your stuff, and yeah ... I really do like it! Love the art nude stuff too - the lighting on some of those is utterly sublime and definitely something I want to try and emulate Smile
  • Loving your work, Gill, very inspiring Smile
    • Posted on GillyB's profile
    • 5 Apr 2016 1:56PM
  • One of the lovely things about this site is discovering portfolios that you never realised existed ... and I've just discovered yours Grin
    I'm blown away - really enjoyable and inspiring work!
  • Great images! Really enjoying your work Smile
    • Posted on chudzy's profile
    • 21 Jan 2016 6:59PM
  • Thought I'd have a peek at what else you do when not on max strength cold and flu medication and 'atmospheric' music ... Grin
    Glad I did - you do stunning landscape work!
    • Posted on BobShaw's profile
    • 4 Jun 2015 12:04PM
  • Wow, what a portfolio! Inspiring work and I've thoroughly enjoyed having a bimble through it Grin
    • Posted on backbeat's profile
    • 13 Apr 2015 11:19AM
  • Your portfolio's developing rather nicely here Grin I'm thoroughly enjoying what you've done so far, and looking forward to seeing more.
  • I don't think I've actually looked through your portfolio before ... glad I have now, though. I think that you have an amazingly eclectic, bizzare and wonderfully twisted mind. Even better, you've also got the processing and manipulation skills to go along with that imagination.

    It's a visual smorgasbord, with a little bit for everyone and a massive dollop of appeal Grin
  • I can't believe I've never actually left a comment on your portfolio, saying just how much I like your work! Bonkers ... thought I had, but just 'viewed all' and obviously not ...
    So - your stuff is achingly wonderful and I hate you (only kidding on that bit).

    Your creative art is so inspirational and beautiful Smile

  • I've got to say, I love the way you process your images Smile There's a wonderful sense of the primeval about a lot of your shots that I find very appealing indeed. I loved the Bellever Forest image in particular. It's a fantastic portfolio of imagery that is a pleasure to view.