I'm still working on a list of things I've set myself, one being the use of polymer without paint. Hmm. Paint withdrawal - not a pretty sight here, but I'll persevere!
Since I have become interested in using images on polymer, this has naturally rekindled my interest in photography - and also in blogs that post photographs of interest to me. It's difficult to define precisely what interests me but I've been looking more critically at my shots and deleting lots. A couple of things occur to me here.
When I was at school for design in glass, I had a drawing teacher who simultaneously inspired me and annoyed me (isn't that the role of the gifted arts teacher?). We had a schoolwide project (teachers included) to assemble disparate objects into some sort of sculpture. We were each given 20 objects - no personal choice was involved. I remember having a mini 'aha' moment when I looked at my drawing teachers' finished work. He had taken dark brown micro-crystalline wax and had coated each of his given objects so that only the form remained and had then assembled them into quite a powerful and resolved piece. All those competing voices were silenced...
I'm finding (late in life, it's true) that focus in photography works that way. Sometimes when things are blurred, the competing elements are damped down a little and the form or structure is more powerfully evident. Like this picture of my son opening his birthday present-
Or this, of my front yard,
Which became after fiddling -