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Monday, December 12, 2011

Creative Exchange

Linking with wonderful Lisa for this week's Creative Exchange.  Thanks Lisa!!






I've been playing around with layered images creating photo collage/montage/amalgamation for a few months now.  I use all of my own images and stack them up until they seem pleasing.  Perfect for Creative Exchange, where I try to make my posts resonate through my heart and then onto the blogger page.

I'm a little reluctant to share these.  Somehow they are more personal than sharing a photograph.  I guess I feel they'll be misunderstood or not appeal, or perhaps seem like art of someone who doesn't know what they're doing.  I don't worry about that with photos, which I suppose means these are stepping out of the comfort zone or perhaps due to the time I've spent working them over more personal than an independent image.

Today for some reason, seemed like an okay time to let go of a couple.  Some people may even like them.  It matters not, as I like them and had fun creating them....and that's what it's all about.

Thanks for the wonderful linky Lisa and giving a warm and safe place to share these pieces we create.  Always enjoy participating here. Hope you all have a great week. 


Empty Night
Empty Night


Train Damage
Train Damage

22 comments:

Anika said...

It is sometimes hard to put something we work on out there to be seen...especially when it's different from our norm. These are some of my favorite images you have ever done, really. Love them. Something for everyone right??

Kathy said...

Wow! So VERY interesting and thought provoking. Sometimes we have to leave our comfort zones to see what we are truly capable of. Bravo and thanks for sharing :)

Kathy

Ms. Becky said...

I like them both very much. They're provocative - and isn't that what art is all about? And expression? You succeed in both. I find Train Damage to be spooky and a bit disturbing, but I think it's my fave of the two. It oozes emotional mystery. They both express speed in some way too, which is fantastic. I'm very happy you shared these today. It's all part of the journey. Happy Monday to you my friend. {{{hugs}}}

gina said...

Good for you for taking the risk and sharing your very personal work! All I can say is WOW! So unusual and powerful! The second one is haunting. Thanks for sharing them.

Sylvia K said...

These are lovely and so creative, Susan! And, yes, thanks for taking the risk and sharing -- not always easy to do, but your work is creative and delightful! Have a great week!

Sylvia

Woody said...

Train Damage is stunning! I've never experimented with this technique. Santa is supposed to bring me copy of photoshop :-)

Brenda said...

Susan,
Ah, you brave girl! It is hard to put your creations and yourself "out there", into the world, where others may not understand or appreciate your work. Work which is more personal, which represents the artistic choices that you have made. I really like your layered collages - your interesting combinations of images - making them something else through the combining.

There is something ghostly and mysterious about "Empty Night" with the sense of motion and yet the emptiness. And "Train Damage" is extremely evocative and sad and even a little scary.

Keep amalgamating!

LauraX said...

These are fantastic works of art...I'm so glad you shared them!

Rosie said...

I can absolutely relate to what you're saying - I'm just the same! And I'm so glad you decided to show these photos - they are absolutely amazing, Susan! And I hope to see more of those! I'm sorry I haven't been around so much lately, but I hope to be able to catch up over Christmas...! Have a wonderful time!

Michelle said...

I tell myself that I take photos and play for fun and I am glad you posted these as they are lovely and express you and I think that is what it's all about..first time with the creative exchange...Michelle

lisa said...

I sure am glad you decided to "let go of a couple" with us today Susan! :-) These are wonderful! I have tried layering images a couple of times, but never gotten anything I even come close to liking. you have inspired me to give it another try. Thank you!

Thank you also for sharing these today at The Creative Exchange.

Have a wonderful evening!

lisa.

Kim, USA said...

Wow such and awesome photo!

Bridge

martinealison said...

Un magnifique travail... Vous avez beaucoup de talent...
Gros bisous

bailey-road.com said...

Masterful work! I like the sense of moving through those empty streets. Train Damage has such dramatic elements that make it a powerful image.

Nadege, said...

You have done a fabulous job with these two montage. Both are well combine and full of feelings. Glad you decided to share them.

James said...

You are so creative! These are excellent!

missing moments said...

So totally cool! Love both shots but that first one is my favorite!

urban muser said...

these are super fun and creative. glad you shared them.

smiles, Sharon said...

Golly did I choose the right time to start catching up on blogs I have grown to love and admire. And YES you are one of those. And here you are all grown up and doing these amazing things with montage, collage and whatever-age. Look at all who have applauded you. This should surely give you the confidence to keep working on the things you are learning and loving. And then go the next step and share. Funny timing. Today I have had to STUDY/CRAM for my NC driver's license test. I have left it to the last second!! I have been reading all about train safety when driving....and here you are with Train Damage...that must mean I will PASS the test tomorrow! Anyway, so happy for you and what you are doing. hugs. sharon

Marcie said...

These are so wonderful!! Such a terrific end-result and effect. Love how you've done these..so clever and creative and inspiring!

Anna said...

Hi Susan,
So glad that you decided to share these works! I think that they are very exciting! I especially like the second image because of it's wonderful, strong graphic design. It also has a story telling aspect of an erie nature. I hope that you choose to show more of these pieces at CE.
Happy holidays to you!

Francisca said...

These would make superb book covers for mystery books. Let' er rip, Susan, you're doing great. Has there ever been an artists that everyone loves? Forget it. Express yourself for you. And keep sharing. You've taken the first step; the next ones will be easier.