A group of very special friends and I started playing with our cameras and phones. This is resulting in a lot of really lovely normal pictures.
Now this isn't anything new and everyone is doing it but for a bunch of really creative types it's funny to watch us explore new things. Now when I say really creative types I don't mean that everyone in the world isn't creative but this bunch of crazy characters are using their creativity in other ways and have chosen to try and make a living at it. If you think for one moment that just because you write a book or finish a spectacular painting you are going to make loads of money, think again. Most of us don't. We are trying to but we haven't gotten there yet.
Now to see these amazing people branch out to something a lot of us have never really taken a second thought to, trying to make a mediocre image tun into something beautiful, unusual, or scary as crap, is a hoot. Imagine taking a quite lovely image of a squirrel that is chomping on a nut and turning it into one of what looks like two squirrels zip lining with twirling tail propellers is funny. Or creating an image that would make any impressionist painter envious is wonderful. Then there are the ones when you get something that does come out looking like an image for a horror movie poster, well you get a bunch of happy campers, or at least you do when everyone in the group is a bunch of horror fanatics.
What is truly great is that the pics we are using are the simple day to day type pics that everyone takes. You know the squirrel with the nut or an old church or house, maybe a tree with a high school in the background. hey there is one of an old bridge for a drainage ditch on a major street in a large city that turned into something that would be a great image for the cover of a book. It is fun.
What you have to watch out for are people like me. We've established that I'm crazy remember. I don't think I've shared the one that started out as a really masochistic need to take a pic of me while I was coloring my hair, come on people like you didn't know that wasn't natural, and turned it into a gore fest extraordinaire. Hell that one creeped out my daughter and like me she doesn't creep out easily. I can't take the most innocent image and turn it into something really ugly, in more ways than one, at any given time. I'm not saying it will be a good image but the very screw ups I can come up with are horrifying in how awful they turned out.
So yes this is fun and I'm enjoying the hell out of it.
This image came from the one below.