Child of Woman

Child of Woman

The latest and penultimate image in my #daughterofwoman series – Child of Woman! 

Yes, he is my baby, minus his head 🤪, and he was a bit of a wriggler to photograph! 

I wanted to keep the colours more harmonious in this image and less chaotic to represent the lack of cognitive dissonance in babies and young children compared with adults. 

Image details

I love the calmer feeling  in this one and the beautiful butterflies in the background. The background image is part of a scrapbooking paper booklet I found titled ‘Natural History Museum – From the Archives’.

All the papers in it are beautiful works of art and like old wallpaper or fabric designs. I had originally wanted to photograph vintage wallpapers to use as the backgrounds for this series. Unfortunately, Covid-19 meant I couldn’t go to the national heritage sites and stately homes to take the photos. It was such a stroke of luck to come across this book!

Lightbulb or not?

I toyed with the idea of not having a lightbulb for this image. I don’t believe babies are aware of cultural / societal expectations and pressures like older children and adults are, so perhaps the lightbulb was not needed.

But I loved the shape of the lightbulb and knew I wanted use it. I thought the shape was more child-like. This is the original lightbulb, no warp of distort!

Let me know what your thoughts are in the comments. Are there any scrap bookers out there? 🙂

Take care,

Michelle

Why I love Surrealism

What do I love about surrealism? 

I love that there are no rules and no boundaries to what I can create. I love that I can create fluidly and freely

I love that it doesn’t have to have a deep message or hidden concept, and I love that it can have both.

I love that is challenges my understanding of reality and extends it.

Sleepy Head

As an INFJ on the Myers- Briggs scale, my inner world is rich and complex. I’m introverted and get lost in my own thoughts and imagination. I could get away with it more as a child, but my staring into space haze gets noticed as an adult!

Inside I work in pictures and feelings and it can be hard to articulate. Working within surrealism gives me a free reign to communicate without explanations without trying to make people understand. Because ultimately, as an INFJ, people find me difficult to understand, and so I don’t share myself with many people. I create a persona which functions well in society instead.

I’m grateful for having art and surrealism as a means to express myself, in what I feel as a safe way.

What are you grateful for?

Take care,

Michelle

Husband Of Woman

The third image in ‘Daughter Of Woman’ series is finished!

Husband Of Woman

I love the patterns and colours in this image and the contrast between the two.

The lightbulb is original, only cut out and not warped or anything. I hunted down all these unusually shaped lightbulbs in the series.

The wallpaper is a book of scrapbook papers based on designs from the Natural History Museum in London. They resemble more closely the vintage wallpaper I had in mind when I was conceptualising this series.

Many thanks to my almost husband for modelling the shirt!

I’ll post some information on how to get your hands on limited edition prints soon!

Take care,

Michelle

How I create my fine art photos

To create my images, I deconstruct my original idea into a number of individual images.

Then I capture those images on camera whenever possible. I prefer to use my own images. But if an idea requires an image I can’t capture, then I use stock photo sites. Unsplash and Pixabay offer some good quality free images.

Next, I use Photoshop to layer, blend and adjust the images to create one perceived photo. Believability is something I work hard on in Photoshop. I like my work to have a sense of realism.

To ensure believability, where the shadows and highlights fall are especially important.

Check back in a few days for a post on adding shadows in photoshop.

Take care, Michelle 🙂

Self lit

A self portrait and demonstration of my love of beautiful things (the shade, not my legs.)

Continuing my obsession with these gorgeous lampshades from Wolf&Badger, I took inspiration from the large tripod lamps I see in the shops and added my own surrealist twist.

Then I got all deep and conceptual about self worth and self belief and what I want for all the daughters in the world as they grow up. I wish I had understood this when I was a little girl.

A surrealist narrative: Ode to our daughters. 

‘Be lit from within and shine your light. May your fire burn and illuminate the world. You do not require the light from others to for you to be seen. You are the light and you shine from within.’

End.

Time thighs

How quickly we travel through life. Always running to get somewhere. Only to reach the end and realise that it was the journey, and not the destination, which was important.


This image is the beginning of a new series. A journey into surrealism: combining my love of form and texture, and interesting furniture. The legs and chest of drawers belong to me. The vase is my mum’s. The clock is courtesy of unsplash.com