A little while ago I shot this photo below. Some time after getting up and dressed I came into our bedroom to find the sun illuminating all the dust and aerosol spray in the room and made it like a rather ghostly presence.
The image put me in mind of the work of Francesca Woodman, although when I reviewed her images to see whether it resembled them in any way I could not find an obvious link. But this image and her work do share something – an evocation of difference and the unseen real. Still I enjoyed seeing and thinking about some of her photos again. But that photo is not today’s photo of the day: this is.
The intension began with a similar idea to that in the original photo – to shoot one image where the light caught the atmosphere. But when reviewing the images I wanted to amplify the atmosphere and so imported the RAW photos into Elements to experiment. As I did so by adding layers my original intension quickly became redundant because it was clear that the purity of the image in terms of atmosphere was enhanced by the adding – but not aligning – of each layer. By the time I had six layers all showing the same scene the original vision had given way to this – a spectacle of pure atmosphere. (When I added more layers the image became too dense and lost something).
I’m very pleased with the outcome. The image is purer even though this seems counter intuitive when you think its the result of much more processing. I’d define the photo as expressionist because this isn’t a window into the world but rather an interpretation of it, or should I say it’s formalist rather than realist and leave the term expressionist to its historical association? In any event I don’t think I could have achieved the same result just by thinking. I needed to be shooting and processing the images for the above result to reveal itself to me. So whereas I once thought the idea of creating an image a day rather vacuous (link) I now see it as a means to improve because it makes me experiment and creates serendipity.