Purple Lemon Photography

Just Messin'

Monday, February 8, 2010
As a kid my mom always said something about me.  She's "just messin'...", mom'd say.  It was true.  And it still is.  Though a young woman full of drive, passion, and very much intentional in my approach to most every aspect of my life, you can still find me, on occasion "just messin'." 

Today has been a bit of a long day, and it's only about 3:30 pm.  When you get up before six with a wired kiddo and there wasn't a whole lot on the calendar to begin with- and your kiddo isn't old enough to do much of anything, your day quickly dries up of activity.

So I resorted to a bit of messin' in Lightroom (the amazing software I use most of the time for all my photo needs).   When I was in high school we had a very experimental approach to our photography as art; and I have maintained that love for experimental creations.  One of my teachers said that, in art, at least, it's not a mistake if you make it intentional.

I took these concepts into my photography in two ways- first, I like to take the logical "outtakes" or "bad" pictures and make them into something out of the ordinary.  I find that often my "mistakes" (pictures with poor exposure, weird lighting, funky this-or-that) are often the favorites of my clients.  I make them "intentional" by taking a great composition or expression on a face and allow that to be reason enough to save it, work it, and create something fresh and new.

Secondly, I love to play around as a way to learn and a way to create.  Now, granted sometimes it gets me into trouble because I can't easily recreate if I tried, but that's ok. It keeps things one of a kind.

Played around with the sliders in Lightroom on one of the "outtakes" from this shoot a few weeks go, and voila!  Something to brighten up this dreary afternoon.

Leave me some comments and let me know what you think of this photograph of painted footprints.


sam stevens said...

i really like this pic, nikki.
it is totally something joe would love too.

Anna said...

I love the idea of blending photography and art. This photo looks like a painting to me.
It amazing what can be done with digital photography!
I love your new layout too. I've been reading blogs on my new phone through google reader and I'm not sure if I told you yet how much I like it! Tell Brian too :)

Janele Oros said...

This is mysterious to me...almost dream like.

It could also from CSI. You know when they do the flashbacky kind of shots?

There's scope for the imagination in it, and that is always good in art.