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Lilacs in Gloom
It is a foggy morning when I snap the base shot. The lilacs had been blooming for a few weeks and begged to be photographed. Later, in my studio, I start with the best shot from that morning.
I focus on a small section, looking for striking contrasts, color and shape. Various shades of purple, with hints of green leaf and stem poking through, catch my attention.
I take the image for a spin with software that allows me to create digital mirrors, a cross between a kaleidoscope and a funhouse with some advanced mathematics thrown in.
Surrendering to the creative process, I meticulously mask, layer, and further manipulate my kaleidoscopic images into this dreamy, yet austere, wreath.