I always find it interesting to read or hear about how someone came up with their ideas, so here is a back story that I hope you'll enjoy.
I originally took photos of a clear cut piece of land in 2013. I found it devastating to see, and knew that someday I would try to create an image with a message.
My first attempt was created in 2016 and combined my image of the clear cut land with a photograph of a mill I took in 2013.
It was one of my first digital compilations. I combined the two photographs to create one "mirror" image. I rotated the photo of the mill, to make it look like a reflection and then converted the colour image to black and white. I called the final image Wounded.
Last year I created a new compilation which was inspired by the untitled image by Jerry Uelsmann, featured on the cover of his book Uelsmann Untitled: A Retrospective.
My first take was this:
|Under Our Protection, Take Two|
Then I took an online workshop with Maggie Taylor and my creative world expanded, so I re-worked the concept yet again and titled it In Our Hands:
|In Our Hands|
I printed it and pinned it to my bulletin board. Then I started fretting that it was a bit dystopian. Was this image actually coming from me, or had I been too influenced by the original inspiration piece by Jerry Uelsmann?
A short time later I was browsing through a junk shop with a friend and spotted these:
which lead to this:
Resilience was created from twelve different photographs and is part of the Haven Series that I'm working on. It's quite a different concept than my original image Wounded.
(Editing note: I seem to have different font colours in this post, but I have no idea how to fix it. Sorry!)