It seems like cheating to craft double exposure on an editing software with the ability to manipulate anything when it was invented with film where photographers had one shot to create the fantastical. Right now this effect is very popular throughout the internet, especially with the combination of people and trees. I attribute this to symbolism of growth and the beautiful imagery as tree branches mirror the cardiovascular system of the body.
Anyway, my history with Adobe Photoshop is one that began when I was about eleven - the same time I became interested in photography. I already loved art and design and set about combining pictures of horses on epic backgrounds, adding their names and breeds, etc. Anyway, that dinosaur of a computer died and photoshop with it. For the last ten years I've been without the artistic wonder. Until Creative Cloud.
Photoshop is still similar, though I am different. What I look for in design is (hopefully) more visually pleasing. I really wish I'd know how to back up images back then so I could show you some of my more . . . expressive color schemes.
I've decided to spend this week reacquainting myself with Photoshop. The best way to learn is to have a purpose - mine happened to be double exposure. I've included a few of my first attempts. We will hopefully see some progress throughout the week!
Cheval Du Pétale
I went for a vintage aesthetic for this one, contrasting the power of the statue with the delicacy of the petals. In addition, I coupled the branches with the statue's base to give the sense of growth out of the stone into a living creature.
Thoughts of Home
As I look at this piece further, I think I might go back and change the textural image on its axis to make the tree's trunk a horizon line within the bird. I do like how the winds are just touching the sky and the bird himself seems to dissipate into the oblivion of the background.
Obviously I have much to learn still. I really enjoy taking photography beyond the snapped moment into a more transitory state where image and idea can meld into a powerful message. I hope to get more comfortable with the tools and their uses so I can explore the creative possibilities. This process of continuous learning is challenging, but too fascinating and wonderful to be discontinued!