I’ve decide to write something of a blog that delves into various areas of my photography. The plan is to post a different picture and story every Sunday and Thursday, so be sure to check back. I’ll also put a link on Facebook.
I’ll talk about items pertinent to the featured photo like location, concept, inspiration, composition and even some secret elements.
Today’s feature is part of a larger series of traditional photos I did called ‘The Mystical Forest’. We happened upon a fog-dense bit of forest along the Appalachian Trail in Pennsylvania. It was late October, there was a little mist happening, and I found it to be absolutely magical. It seemed that I could point the camera anywhere and get a great shot.
I love the untouched photos that came from that shoot, but I was recently inspired to use them as a springboard for a series of Conceptual Art. Now I was able to transform the picture and tell a story by using layers upon layers. I called it ‘Chairs of the Mystical Forest”. This one – “The Creative Process” – is the third one in that series. I feel it would benefit from a little explanation.
This piece really brings to life my creative process. I had the concept for the piece, but it wasn’t until it was finished that I realized it told my creative story to a tee. And I thought that the mystical mood of the scene enhanced the mercurial nature of the creative process.
It’s basically ideas floating in and out of the creative space. Ideas originate from somewhere above the photo. Those on the right start out promising, but fall to the ground faded and unused. Those in the middle area do make it to the desk of creation, but many of those, though acted upon, ultimately get discarded. There’s an idea about to land on the desk now. We don’t yet know if that one breaks through.
But luckily, there seems to be a constant stream of ideas, and a perpetual hope that the next one will be it.