It was one of those days when I didn’t even want to take my camera along for the walk. The kind I’ve been talking about recently – grey, hazy, flatly-lit. I took it anyway, thinking that I’m always saying to people that you can find good shots anywhere, any time of day, any weather – you only have to be open to looking. I decided it was about time I took my own advice.
At first it just wasn’t working. I took a few shots, half-heartedly, not being happy with any of them. I came to the estuary shore; everything looked flat, dull and uninviting. In desperation I started out across the marshes, picking my way towards the large and permanent puddles, hoping I might find something there. I had to cross over a drainage ditch and as I looked down, I noticed that someone had spilt some oil or petrol in it. Something stirred, and I had a vision of what I could do with the colours and textures.
Many shots later, and after much Photoshopping, this is the result. They truly have been heavily Photoshopped*, which some little bit of me feels is cheating, but is it really? Especially as I took the shots with the post-processing in mind. I knew they’d need a lot of work to look the way I had visualised them at the time, but I also recognised the potential. They’ve turned out better than I hoped; like clouds, I see pictures in them and have named them accordingly. Perhaps you see something different…….
*In case you’re curious, processing included doubling or even tripling layers and using various blending modes, hue saturation of individual colours, small amounts of cloning, cropping, and rotating or flipping.