Art, whether it be a painting or photograph or any other form, can be said to have many purposes. Those may include entertaining, informing, persuasion and self-expression.
Self-expression is where I find myself most days. I like to present a concept through my imagination.
Often the concept is deep within my sub conscious, and only becomes evident during the process of experimenting with different technique’s, bringing an image to full realization.
And there are times when, what I thought I was saying, turns out not to be the case at all. That is the story behind this image.
I composed the shot using a prop along with a texture I recently made and composed it through my studio window using the late afternoon sunlight poking through branches of a tree.
In my mind I saw only one result for my efforts, but couldn’t come up with a title. I decided to post it to FB as a contest. Whoever came up with a winning suggestion would receive a matted, signed print.
The very first suggestion came in and opened my eyes to other possibilities of what it could represent. They suggested “Autumn Lights”. A second suggestion soon arrived “Vermillion Blush” which gave me pause, and a third “Into the Fire” came with description of what the viewer said it represented to her. She said she saw a newly single mother and her two small children facing the fiery challenge of the unknown, but walking into it with bravery and determination.
A couple more notable ones also followed including “Life Is a Jigsaw Puzzle” and a headscratcher “The Aboriginal Woman’s Fever Dream”. Which unbeknownst to me is a thing.
Another friend thought it can easily be tied into todays world events regards the Pandemic and quarantines.
I selected Vermillion Blush as the winning title, partly because it does make one think about its meaning, and hopefully opens inquisitive minds to explore the image further.
May 27th, 2020
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