painted over countless times
map of uncertain locations
rolled and stored for safekeeping
Introspective. November in New England. Somber days.
I am pulled in to November’s melancholy ways, its Wabi Sabi sensibility.
Brown tones, gray mosses, empty nests, dried remnants of summer weeds … give me permission … to indulge myself in aloneness, introverted meanderings, and moody reflections.
A necessary sojourn. Allowing oneself to see the gritty truth of mistaken steps. To accept our own failure to perform. And embrace it.
With the exception of two that were shot in afternoon setting sun (evident by the strong sharp light), the stills take advantage of a cloudy day, morning Northwest light. They were set up away from the window a bit. I wanted to take complete advantage of the mood and the atmosphere created by a soft sunrise not quite awake yet. I shot at ISO 200-400 and between F 2.8 and F 3.2 with a 35mm and a 50mm lens. I find a low ISO captures the moody darks perfectly. The low F-Stop also adds to the moody, dreamy, feel but one must be careful to focus on the spot in the image that the eye would naturally be drawn to. The rest will be slightly out of focus, which is what you are going for. A steady hand or tripod is helpful as well.
Both the backdrop and tabletop were hand painted on MDF board cut to 24″x36″ for easy handling. I used Waverly craft paint available at Walmart, applied randomly in various colors with a paintbrush, then rubbed and softened with a piece of wax paper. Wax paper has been an amazing discovery! Perfect for this type of effect. One could essentially paint the piece entirely with wax paper.
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