Having a special place to be creative isn’t a luxury – its a necessity.
It doesn’t have to be a ‘studio’ either – it can be a space at the dining room table or even in a large closet – because all you really need is a place to go to remove yourself from the every day. The space only has to allow you the freedom to be in a creative state without distraction.
There’s something special about a cozy, hidden nook anyway – remember forts and clubhouses and tree houses? That’s where we spent a good bit of time as kids – why wouldn’t it work for us still today?
This photograph was taken in one of my special places – a hidden area of the yard where misfit items go (like the land of misfit toys or as I like to call it, “Wonderland”).
There are old doors and windows and broken pots and gazing balls and broken statues and other oddities there. There are two very large (fake) mushrooms and an over-sized, plastic wind spinner (polka dot, of course) and two ridiculously large, yellow metal butterflies on springs that bounce in the breeze – and all are ‘artfully’ displayed as if it mattered – no one can see it but me.
SO, IT DOES MATTER. It matters a lot.
Wonderland wasn’t intentional, at first. It just sort of ‘happened’. But whenever I pass through the (pretend) gate, which is just past the fairy tree (in case you were wondering) …I am a little bit transformed.
Wonderland is where I go to become Light Blue.
Gothic Family Reunions??
I’m beginning to see a trend here!!
Was in the bookstore a little while ago…saw a magazine (South Magazine) with a Steampunk bride on the cover…loved it…had to have it.
So popular these days…
and I’ve been doing this all along!
I know most of you are aware I have a thing for trees.
And that I also have a thing for shooting in infrared.
But just look at the detail in this image. This wasn’t taken in a national park; it was taken in my yard. Your trees look like this too! But you have to stop and really look to see it. Its amazing how many things get overlooked when we just go through the motions.
Shot with my converted Canon G10 – handheld. (www.lifepixel.com)
another image from my infrared camera – its a surprise every time
This is why I shoot infrared.
This image came straight out of the camera looking this way – not kidding. No Photoshopping done here. The only post-production work was tightening up the sliders a bit in ‘Levels’.
In fact, I compose in infrared. In other words, I see the image in infrared on the display while I’m shooting.
In case you’re not familiar...I’ve had one of my cameras converted. A company called Life Pixel did it for me a couple of years ago.
Life hasn’t been the same since.
(One of the infrared images I took a few weeks ago at a park in Austin, Texas.)
The branches in this particular image left a negative space in the shape of a heart…and I decided coloring it in would be a good way to express my love for trees.
Just for fun.
I was fortunate enough to get to spend a few minutes at a lovely park this weekend…and luckily I had my favorite camera on hand.
This is just the kind of scene I love to photograph with my infrared camera!