Long before mixed media art captured my heart, I had a deep love for photography. With the invention of digital cameras, came a new love…a love of manipulating photographs…a form of altering nature with the use of a computer. I quickly fell in love with this, and it has become one of my greatest joys in the last 5 years. This is a much safer way to manipulate photographs, instead of working in a dark room, where the chemicals are NOT so good for your respiratory system (among other things!). I don’t mess with film anymore, and though the processing was fun while it lasted, digital creativity has taken it’s place.
And while you see a lot of my digital collages are uber-colorful, I still have a sweet spot in my heart for black and white photography. These photographs were taken in color, in my backyard, using my Canon digital camera. With digital software, I was able to make the image into a negative, then manipulate it to look much like high contrast black and white photography…all without the chemicals. I recently bought some black mats, and have been having fun getting these ready to share with a friend, as a housewarming gift. While I was at it, I added a few of these to my Etsy shop. There are three black and white digital photos, matted, and ready to be popped into a frame of your choice. www.ArtcyLucy.etsy.com
Though it is late autumn where I live, and the sunflowers are long gone…this is a great way for me to remember the graceful beauty of summer flowers.