Many of you have been following my work for some time now, but have you ever wondered where my inspiration comes from, or how I do it? This post will give a little insight on both.
So just what is a Photographic Medley anyway?
Each day I move through the world with my camera in hand, recording the world around me. It is my way of sharing my visions and my everyday moments. In my minds' eye, scenes from the everyday transcend from ordinary to extraordinary. I see so much beauty in the world just waiting for us to slow down and savor it. Each moment in time is precious and fleeting, yet complex in it's unfolding. It is my wish to share these moments with you, and so I created the Photographic Medleys. Each scene is created entirely from my own photographs and is a celebration of the deep mysteries and beauty of life. In these images you will find my memories, my hopes, and my dreams. I hope that they inspire you in your own hopes and dreams.
The image you see below is titled 'In The Night Garden' It portrays the sensuality and magic of dusk as the daylight fades into the night sky. An in-between time where possibilty and imagination are free. It reminds me of my childhhod, of warm summer nights filled with warm breezes and fireflies. I remember those times of freedom and innocence, of lying on a hillside and gazing at the stars with my best friend while the neighborhood kids played 'Kick The Can'. (Our version of Hide And Seek mixed with Tag). It was a time of wide-eyed wonder, of authenticity and truth, as our souls lay naked in our innocence.
The three images below are the three main unedited images that are used in the piece. In all, there are 34 layers used to create this image in Photoshop. Some, like the dragonfly, are duplicated layers, while others are clouds, flowers, and images used as textures to complete the scene. I prefer to photograph my own textures rather than using prefab ones. I work with blending the layers until it all flows to my satisfaction, and the process is quite meditative and relaxing. ~Kim, who walked into Eureka Thyme one day while I was working, and so graciously posed for me on short notice at Harding Spring. ~ Castle Rougues Manor in Holiday Island AR
~ A mountain I drive by every day on my way into town