Chapter 2 of Project 365, we begin with “Look to The North” a message that was calling to me while I was editing Vida to make her look like a tribal warrior princess. The titles of this is image is about me looking for some hope and optimism, just like sailors would look at the stars to guide them out in the vast oceans and seas. The north star is the brightest of all stars, so you are always looking to the north guidance. I’m always seeking for some kind of guidance or sign to give me a clue if I’m going the right direction.
Life is all about the quest, what we seek in making the epic journey through a difficult path. I’m finding out as a I get older that it’s the simple things in life we take for granted. They give us the simple but lasting pleasures the most, to me that is an “Epic Discovery” and finding those discoveries are profound.
I was listening to 80’s music on iTunes Radio and the song Sledgehammer came on while I was editing. I was thinking about how visually stunning the video was and still is today. It’s one of my favorite music video of all time and watched so many times I could not keep count. So if Peter Gabriel were to do and update video, this would me my version of “Sledgehammer 2014”. Other iconic things I loved from the 80’s were Swatch and United Colors of Benetton for their colorful and visual commercials and products.
Today people seem to always want to hide behind a mask of some kind and try not to show their true colors. If you paint a fence with a pretty picture will it dull the ugliness that surrounds you ? People seem to think if they are “Masking and Hiding” the truth or who they really are. The problem with that is the mess is always there and so is the truth.
Vida and I like to do our little walks around the neighborhood. She knows it’s important that I take pictures. So when I was walking I was amazed in out the Sycamore Tree looked at the sun was going down, I also liked how the trucked was parked. I took a picture. When I got home I had to edit this photo and was listening to Death Cab for Cutie and the song “Under The Sycamore Tree”.
Pushing Stars is one of my best known editing styles that I created with Percolator, Rays and DXP. You only need those 3 apps to be able to push stars on your edit. I came across the edit by accident with playing with Rays and DXP. This is where I took my blending and layers skills to another level. I’m in the works of version 2 of this editing and adding masking to the mix. Yes, there will be a blog tutorial in how to do Pushing Stars 2. But for now I’m “Caught In The Stars” with Vida and Boyce. I know I had to add Pushing Stars in Project 365. There is a slideshow collection on You Tube if you want to “watch it here.”
Now this is one of my dark edits compared to the more “happy, go lucky” with tons of colors. Like most people you acquire a lot of emotional baggage or demons (so to speak) over the years. It’s time for me to start “Letting Go Of Old Demons” and move on. All this does for me is make live with this pain inside of me and not being able to go forward with my life. It has blinded me from a lot of opportunities and experiences in my life. It’s time to let go and this is what 2014 is about for me. Is letting go of the “PAST” and learn to live in the “NOW” so I can have a happy “FUTURE” !!!
See you next week for another installment of Project 365 !!!
I wanted to add some information about Photo Forge 2, in case some of you might not know this. When Yahoo bought Ghost Bird, they took out Photo Forge 2 and KitCam out of the App Store. For now the apps work with iOS 7 and not sure how long these apps will work with newer versions of iOS in years to come. I’m using Photo Forge 2 as much as possible until it becomes inoperable. There are people who still use KitCam until that app becomes inoperable. I use KitCam once in awhile but will take advantage of it for Project 365. For those who still have Photo Forge 2 and KitCam, if you didn’t buy into the in-app purchases for those apps you can unlock them now and will not be charged or billed on your iTunes account. If I were you all, I’d take advantage of the apps and the in-app purchases while you can still use them.
Project 365, a set on Flickr.