For spring break back in 2014 we visited Cancun, Mexico. Most of the shots I took were decent, but none of them got me really excited. Some good travel log type of work, but nothing I really wanted to hang on the wall.
By the time I had to commit or not to the 2016 Edmonds Art Studio Tour, I found myself without anything new to show, so I decided to not participate for the first time in about 8 years. This was a tough decision, as having Mike O’Day in my studio (house) is always fun whether I sold much or not. But I didn’t want people walking through looking at the same old work that’s been on my walls for some time now, so that was a big part of my decision making process.
I also decided to schedule a right knee replacement for May 25th, so that’s going to put me out of action for awhile when it comes to getting out and taking new images.
A few weeks after deciding to opt out of the Tour, I needed to go retrieve some shots from a folder and stumbled my way back into this Cancun folder where I found some stuff that I was always interested in working on, but had not been able to edit it to the point where I wanted to print it out.
So, no sooner than I ruled myself out of EAST for 2016 because I have nothing new to show, I get this creative urge to start playing around with some of these Cancun shots and now I feel like I could actually do a show and have some new and interesting things to show people.
This shot is massively altered in Photoshop to the point where I consider it digital art and not just photography. To be honest, doing traditional photography sort of bores me now, as most everything possible has already been done by someone else, who usually does it better than I. Which leads me down the digital path where I get to see images that seem pretty unique and much more interesting to my eye. The problem with digital art is that you can create 20 versions of the same image and like or love them all; not knowing which ones to actually end up displaying. Here’s another version of this one that I also like:
And then, I’ve got the same problem with this shot as well. The first one is fairly true to the original image, but in the second one, part of it’s been altered to black and white. I can’t decide which one I like better.
Just the outside portion of this next version was converted to B&W.
And then there’s the turtle shots; of which I have so many versions that I’m going to put them in an entirely different post titled “Turtles Gone Wild.”