When it is too hot to get out and take photos of birds, or rainy... I experiment with different Photoshop techniques and plug-ins. My fave photographer/boyfriend Bill Maroldo has been incredibly generous in sharing his editing knowledge. You have seen some of the Fractalius / Oil Paint illustrations I have done to birds and flowers.
Recently I discovered.... Time Travel ! At least that is what I am calling these new Photo Art creations.
Doesn't it look like you can simultaneously see in different dimensions? Or part of the past is encroaching on the present? Or you just stepped into an episode of Fringe?
If you really want to know how these were done, drop me a line from the Contact page. Suffice to say it is using my mad Photoshop skillz and the results are about as surprising to me as they are to you. These two combined photos above were from a trip to Rosenberg that I mentioned a while back.
That day I was experimenting with my new wide-angle lens and didn't get any shots I was totally happy with... until I started playing around with layers in Photoshop.
Last Winter I was exploring on the East side of Houston and some of those photos made it into a Short Stories adventure. I would like to go back there sometime, but I recall Homeland Security decided it wasn't such a good idea to wander around taking photos of trains. But, perhaps things are different now.
No one bothered me last Sunday in downtown Houston. This is a composite of views of retail/entertainment/office hub called GreenStreet. They have live music some nights and it is probably busy and crowded during the business week. Looked deserted on a Sunday ... which is great for photos!
We also wandered around a much older part of downtown Houston. There are some old warehouses that have been converted to art studios by painters, musicians and photographers. Vacant buildings are mixed with a few new townhouses or apartment conversions, snug against elevated freeways, trains, derelict buildings and the hopeless homeless.
That whole genre of photographing abandoned structures is generally called Urbex. I was looking more for textures and shapes, I have no interest in going inside a potentially unsafe building.
Houston started as a real estate venture by the Allen brothers of New York. They exaggerated the proximity to Galveston and just about everything else:
The Laura, the first ship ever to visit Houston arrived on January 1837. On January 1, 1837, the town comprised twelve residents and one log cabin; four months later there were 1,500 people and 100 houses. The city was granted incorporation by the state legislature on June 5, 1837 and was made as the temporary capital of Texas. At this time, drunkenness, dueling, brawling, prostitution, and profanity began to become a problem in early Houston
Houston thrived because of the railroad connections and shipping via Buffalo Bayou to Galveston. At the edge of downtown, I found fantastic brick warehouses with barely visible train spurs that loaded long-forgotten products made by state-of-the-art machinery for a growing and expanding city. I suppose they will remain until someone thinks they can make more money by replacing the past with something new.
OK, what do you think of the Time Travel photos? Some of you said you didn't want birds all the time and I am happy to oblige. Locals, when was the last time you went downtown? Let me know in the comments.
And this is going to be the last published adventure for a while. I am going to emulate the Europeans and take the month of August off. It is just too danged hot to get out very much, so I will see you first week of September. No telling what I will find to share with you by then.