Today I am going to let you in to the inner workings of my mind! [Run now it’s the safest option!!]
Luckily for me, I seem to have finally found an outlet for my constant ruminations. A visual outlet where the mind can take a holiday, the calculations and hypothesis are left at the door.
I am an analyst of detail, by trade and nature. Unfortunately there can be both positives and negatives to this attribute. Constantly re-reviewing and reconsidering every aspect of your work will sometimes spill over into your daily life and the results are never pretty. Analysing every finding can alienate and ‘ruin-ate’ precious moments as quick as you can say ‘Dr Freud’ I have a problem! Finding the ‘off’ button for these invasive mental permutations, can in itself become a laboured task resulting in temporary insanity, raised eyebrows, and the instant clearing of a room!!! Yes those men in their little white coats are just biding their time!!
Lately though, I seem to have found a creative outlet for this annoying trait. A method to review, refine, invert, revert and 'per-mutate', that does not require mental acuity and in fact allows me to unwind, relax and just find beauty and calm in the ‘sometimes accidental’ resulting images. Yes the beauty of this technique is.. there is no technique at all!! In fact I think it has become almost a meditative process for me. So today I bring you the results of my latest creative meanderings. The positive, the negative, the introspection and retrospection, conversion and inversion [without the angst!! ha ha]
My poor unsuspecting subject is the St Sophia Basilica in Istanbul. I never tire of my two favourite images of her, taken on vacation in 1993. The full versions of these images were posted in previous Black & White Sundays [here] and [here]. I am yet to bring you the original colour, but if you can take some more B&W … here are some permutations of those previous images showcasing her wondrous chandeliers. All happily devoid of any technical decisions. [Naturally, I deliberated over which variations to post!!!]
And the long awaited third Basilica .. Basilica di San Marco in Venezia. Yet more permutations of travel snapshots using similar ‘non-technique’. I’ll bring you more of these another Sunday.
Hosted by ‘Anne Marie of Na-Da Farm Life’
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Enjoy Your Sunday
FOOTNOTES#1 For those that enquired... I don't have Photoshop [yet]. I just use a basic photo editor and play around with the contrast, tone and colour
#2 Strangely I had not previously researched the namesake saint of this beautiful Basilica until today. St. Sophia is the patron Saint of martyrs, widows & orphans and her name means Wisdom. She was the mother of the three virgin martyrs, the virtues … Faith, Hope & Love [Agape] and their memory is celebrated on September 17
IMAGES: All by me [being Ruby]