Some images start as one thing and then grow into something completely unexpected. Some images start as one thing and stay the same. A bit like people (and I don’t mean that in a derogatory way–sometimes it’s nice to stay the same). I alter images for various reasons: I see something in it that wants to emerge, I love the concept of the photo but the photo itself isn’t the quality that I want, or I’m just bored and feel like playing around. I also leave some photos untouched because I think changing them would do them an injustice. I though that with my abstract photos it might be nice to tell you what they were before they became what you see. I’m not the type of person who won’t share a recipe. If you want to know how I do something I’m happy to tell you, because what you create won’t be the same as what anyone else creates.

The first (looks kind of like a totem) was taken from a cliff overlooking the sea. If you look closely you may be able to see the beach, the waves, and the rocks. Maybe not? I did change it drastically. (Taken in Okinawa, Japan)

The second is multiple exposures in one frame. (Comprehensive Park in Okinawa)

Next was a sculpture on the side of a building. (Ajijic, Mexico)

The door was a door that I skewed. (Ajijic, Mexico)

Melting was a bottle on a beach. (Okinawa, Japan)

The next, as I’m sure you can see, is a mirror image. I loved those trees. I saw all kinds of creatures in them. All I did was create a duplicate layer, flipped one and put them together. The creatures jumped out. (Ie Island, Japan)

The next was a coconut, also on a beach (think I spend a lot of time by the water?). (Okinawa)

Sometimes a cross is just a cross… (Mexico) 

The gears were on a rusted out backhoe in a junkyard (you can get a lot of interesting shots in junkyards). (Okinawa)

The liquid blues and greens? That was taken where? You guessed it. It was a photo of glass that I found in the sand. (Okinawa)

The lights were in the fabulous Gyokusendo cave in Okinawa.

The bricks were bricks. (Okinawa)

The strings were originally vines hanging over an eave. (Okinawa)

And finally, the web was the web. (Okinawa. I have a great photo of a spider that I’ll post later.)


About Passages 23

Passages 23 is a photography partnership between Cindy A. Carl (color photography) and David L. White (black and white photography). The name stems from the life changes we all go through; passages/journeys from one phase to the next. We think our photographs reflect changes in nature, as well, and provide glimpses of the past and of what was. About Cindy: I’m a writer by day and a writer by night, and I squeeze my photography into the in-betweens. I’m originally from Easthampton, MA (USA). My stuff lives in storage (I keep thinking I’ll settle down), while I’ve restlessly lived and traveled throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. My writing reflects the philosophical and psychological quirks of the human experience. If you like humorous stories that screw with your mind–in a pleasant way, of course–then please check out my latest novel, Quest for a Dream. My photography focuses on lines and unusual perspectives. I’m an avid animal lover, and live with my two wonderful cats, Isan and Lucy, and yes, they travel with me. Oh, and, I’m the wordy one. About David: I’m just an old fart with a camera. View all posts by Passages 23

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