ABOUT THE IMAGE
You know when you have to do something? Even though you can't change the past, maybe you can effect the future, even a small way?
The recent suicide of my husband's co-worker brought this topic closer to home, on top of the recent suicides of two famous people, and my friend's years ago (an event which eventually led to my photography project on what mental illness feels like). So I felt compelled to create; to do something. Create something beautiful. Create something with emotion, despite the pain of an arm tendon/muscle injury (I shouldn't even be shooting at all).
How this image came to be
While this isn't straight out of camera (SOOC for short), the creaminess of the image is. (Thank you Lensbaby Velvet 85 lens!) Which lent itself to additional creative touches by me to create the emotional tone of the image. (For you photographers out there: a Lightroom preset, then a trip to Photoshop to add a couple textures.)
There's no fancy lighting set up. Just next to the window (left), with a silver reflector (right). A tripod. It had become far too cloudy outside, so the silver side of the reflector was needed to open up the too dark shadows on the front and right sides. It's easier to get as good of an image as you can before pressing the shutter and in-camera, and usually faster overall. Thinking about what you're doing instead of just blindly pressing the shutter I find yields much better results.
I rarely do square images. It's not how I'm used to thinking. But a square just "worked". I'm trying to create more images in that square format to exercise my creativity with compositions.
Ready for you
I've added this image to my online shop. A very simple decision between a 15x15 print or a ready-to-hang canvas.