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Tuesday, 27 October 2020

Working Close to Home

Ostrander Point
Ostrander Point

The world seems a little smaller these days. We are adjusting to our new reality. Sometimes limits can enhance creativity. Keith Richards once said about open G tuning on his 5-string Telecaster – “5 strings, 3 notes, 2 hands and 1 asshole”. One of the first songs he used this tuning on is the brilliant “Street Fighting Man” from Beggars Banquet. Limits sometimes create a box that forces you to work differently.

I love reducing images to black and white or at least monotone. About 7 years ago, I started using an aging process to “rough up” my images.

Old Shed
Old Shed

Vegetable Stand in the County
Vegetable Stand in the County

This process starts with a colour image. I convert it to black and white and add layers of texture and blur parts of the image. The result is a photo that looks damaged and worn.
Old Trucks
Old Trucks

Nude in Nature
Nude in Nature

Sometimes I will leave a bit of colour. Red Doors, Yellow Flowers
Red Doors, Yellow Flowers

The resulting images become more of an illustration than photograph. Tree in the Fog
Tree in the Fog

Engine 1095, Kingston, ON
Engine 1095, Kingston, ON

Steam Engine
Steam Engine

With all that is going on in the world, I find I’m escaping into my own world of creativity. The world around us is as big as we make it, even if we are confined.

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