Fashion collages are such fun for me. Polyvore was an exceptional platform for this.
I miss it! Changing the context of a photo gives the shot a whole new meaning.
Mixed media presentations are also inherently more interesting, to me at least.
Using a multitude of apps, and not PhotoShop, ( because I still do know how to!) I wanted to express my growing concern with the world around me. Headlines really get to me, even as I am aware that each one is just a subjective rendering of a picture, isolated to a certain and finite time.
However, In Manhattan one becomes hyper-attuned, as the stimulation here in this great city, is often overwhelming. As well, daily life is magnified by the sheer speed of events as they unfold. Large cities often have brisk daily pace. Without the quiet and beauty of Mother Nature, reality is bent in a jarring way.
Above is my three-hour editing of a shot I did with my camera phone, set up to snap when I say smile. This is a feature that I discovered when my camera decided to go rogue. Then I discerned a pattern; my Samsung Galaxy took a snap whenever I said anything that sounded like cheese or smile!
For those you who are professional photographers, and use a tripod, this may seem a laughable and elementary stage. Without a doubt, my fashion collages are rudimentary in technical terms. Still, I hope my message gets through!
So at this point I commend you for your patience. I am showing you the stages of editing for this blog post. Fashion collages are not easy to create outside of Photoshop. So first, I expanded the shot using the “smart” fill option in Snapseed by Google. Clearly, the mirror is copied in a less than perfect way.
Next, I snapped a cover of a New York Times page that was illustrative of my mood.
Cosmic Confusion indeed!
Using Rookie Cam I created a cut out of the newspaper and inserted it into the mirror. I used Enlight to add the plaid slide, with the squared pearl buckle . Quite a nice find from LVIS in East Hampton.
When the words seems uncertain, wear pearl shoes!
By Olivia Rose Tal, these are the perfect easy-on slide. Incorporating these into my fashion collages was great fun, almost like adding a pearly exclamation point!
SAVVY FACT: these were $5.00 second hand!
Now you can see the shoe and the “Times” photo centered in the frame. It is as if I am stepping on the pages, trying to shush them and stamp them out! I. To get to the final edited version, I added an overlay with Enlight of the newspaper and erased and added. Time consuming yes. Calming yes! Who wants to teach me Photoshop?
Grateful to always get good and comforting feedback, from posts where I express these concerns, I still feel anxious. Not overwhelmed, just on guard. However, I am also attuned to the lovely exchanges I have daily and these sustain me!
Yet, there is something profound and unsettling walking past townhouses and condos that are selling for 4 to 40 millions dollars, and seeing so many homeless people on the way.
That many of these homes are not even lived in is galling. The widening discrepancy between the haves and the have nots, is IN YOUR FACE here.
There is NO amount of editing I can do to change that equation. But photo editing is like drawing for me, it is calming. Teaching myself new things is a fun challenge. I took this shot and edited it on my own. Boy do I have a lot to learn!
Creating fashion collages is therapeutic!
I also go to the gym and listen to Audible books on tape! Ahhh..
I will end this unusual post with this happy fact. As you know the shoes were $5.00, but you should also know my fur and metallic leather bag, was only $3.00 from a charity shop! I bought this bag seven years ago before pink was trending, and metallic leather was a fashion must-have. Also, I am not wearing make up here.
How are you coping with headline news and changes that you see around you?
What activities do you employ to get perspective and achieve calm?