I have admitted more than once, that I often have no idea of what is going to end up as a final image. Lately, that feeling has been even more of a constant companion which is both frustrating and freeing, depending on my mood. Perhaps more than I realized (or even wanted to admit) the dogs have become surrogates for some of my life questions in the photographs posted here.
When an artist or a writer or anyone engaged in a creative endeavor runs out of steam, it can be a maddening process to try and sort through. What do I do now? What am I supposed to do now? And worse, what if nothing creative ever happens again? (That last thought is best reserved for sleepless 3 AM tossing and turning while the pups snore, softly oblivious.) It is a lament I have heard many times over in my head and from others. Yet, the wheel always comes around again with something new to pursue and another reminder that I am truly my own worst enemy.
That is roughly where I am now and so today’s image is about seeking–solace, renewal, rejuvenation, whatever is at the end of this particular quest. And who better to illustrate the journey than Master Hubble, accompanied by Sir William G. Bluffington as they set off on a new adventure. There are old and new elements in here–the background is an abstract of a neighbor’s painted sponged wall, along with some random scribbles made on a piece of paper, accompanied by a scrap of red striped fabric, an old window found in the back garage, a vintage red button, a tumbling down brick chimney spotted near a river, random graffiti seen uptown, a black bird spotted in a field,a pennant sewn by one of the gallery artists for a piece she recently did, and a piece of deer vertebrae found by some enterprising pup at the stables several autumns ago. All are images collected over the last few years waiting for their moment to be seen and to be a part of a story.
Today’s Dog Quote:
People always joke that ‘dog’ spells ‘god’ backwards. They should consider that it might be the higher power coming down to see just how well they do, what kind of people they are. The animals are right here, right in front of us. And how we treat these companions is a test.
Image a composite of photographs taken with an iPhone 4s, 5s and 7 and processed with Leonardo, iColorama, Snapseed, Distressed Fx, ReTouch, Pic-Tap-Go, LightBrush and Decim8.
For today: The Seekers