This blog explores the abandoned wooden skiff to express a somber mood, not just of a winter season, but of this very special corona-lockdown winter season.
The subdued colors with limited color range (almost monochrome with milky waters) as well as lack of clarity are the metaphors for my life and probably for many other people right now. I feel like I'm surrounded by murky nothingness, stuck on shore without any perspective of when I'll be able to move freely on open waters. Taking on more and more water (gaining weight ...) due to inertia.
So yes indeed, photos #1 and #2 are highly edited but it's intentional. I'd appreciate it if you could let me know if the edits were effective to achieve my intention or what the photos might "say" to you. I'm grateful for the valuable feedback I got for Mystic Boat and I've been practicing.
In this series (except for the final photo) it is the same rowboat taken from different angles and edited using different software and/or techniques. In contrast to my Flooding blog, this is not a documentary but an attempt to express a mood.
Photos #3 had only basic edits like cropping to 8x10 format and exposure which I performed with Photoshop Elements.
Photo #4 is without any edits.
The final photo #5 is a glimpse into the future of this abandoned boat. This is a different skiff which only became visible recently once the vegetation no longer hid it. This photo was taken one week later.
What a tangled mess of regulations we have to live with in these Corona times!