The Woven Tale Press Vol. II #3

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Abstract Macro Photography

We live much of our lives “on the surface� of both experience and interpretation. How often do we turn our cheek from what appears ugly or unrefined? From the rusted trash can to the crumbling stone wall, can we find beauty in decay and decomposition? My goal is not to present a subject on the surface of what it is, but to unveil the heart of its transformations; to invoke the viewer to contemplate the possibilities for metamorphosis and beauty. The use of a macro lens for your DSLR is essential for the capturing of othewise imperceptible details. I then open those images in Photoshop, to crop and adjust the color and contrast to reveal their inner story. Patterns begin to emerge and I begin to construct collages from a series that may overlap, mirror, or repeat. The end result is an image in which the original subject is not readily recognizable, but rather, a painting of some mysterious alchemy that invites the viewer into contemplation. —Leila A. Fortier