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Making Art

Participating in photo-a-day means that I am always on the lookout for an interesting photo opportunity.  And even though this whole month is themed writing, that doesn’t mean that I don’t take and post other interesting photos.

Driving to work is one of those times when I keep my eyes peeled for promising places to return to for a photo or two.  Over the last few weeks I’ve noticed a house not far from my school that seems to be made of concrete.  It’s huge, looks over the ocean, and has floor to ceiling windows…obviously designed for maximum visual impact, from inside and from outside.

And today as I drove by, I noticed skeletons and zombies and other creepy things through the windows and on the deck.  I knew I would stop by later and take some photos.  When I stopped on my way home I struggled to get a photo that captured what I could see with my eyes.

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So I took this photo and used an editing app to play around with it.  Could I pull the photo in and see those full sized bodies standing on the deck?  Could I see through the windows?  Here is what I was able to produce from the picture above using the app Tadaa and the filter otherland.

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I love that moment when a snapshot becomes a piece of art.  I wonder if that is what the owners of that house also had in mind?

A #Scratchy Week

Taking photos of textures is tricky.  It’s easy to find smooth and rough…and even scratchy. But it’s much more challenging to compose an interesting photo that also highlights the texture intended.  For the last several months I have been working to push out of my comfort zone and NOT photograph the most obvious  thing associated with any given prompt.  This week was no different.

Here is a collage of my first 6 days (in random order thanks to the app collageit) of scratchy.

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Monday’s photo was a scratchy old fence that I see on my way to work.  I’ve been eyeing this ramshackle construction for a while, waiting for the perfect time to capture its dilapidated beauty.  Tuesday I was in the school garden and couldn’t resist the scratchy pumpkin stems. Wednesday was probably technically cheating since I used scratching rather than scratchy to describe a student hard at work with writing…and scratching out ideas!  Thursday I was back to my mushrooms…and using my macro lens to capture the scratchy texture on the underside. Friday I played with shooting a tree through a screen to create the scratchy texture.  Saturday I used this snail–whose slow pace allowed me to capture it as it crept across the scratchy sidewalk in front of my house.  And I love my Sunday photo…the scratchy spine of an aloe plant with a spiderweb attached, highlighted by the use of the vintique app.

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It’s always a little bittersweet to move from one prompt to the next as I start to see the world anew.  It always seems to take a week to really see and notice the prompt in interesting ways.

How was your scratchy week?  Today I began to look at my world through the scaly lens, who knows what the week will bring…