Inspiration for these fabricated landscapes often smacks me when I’m not at all focused on creating. Preparing to cook clams on my grill one evening, I unwrapped a package of metal mesh grilling sheets, shifting the layers in the process. The way they reflected the light reminded me of an ocean’s surface. A seascape, I thought. And later, in Photoshop, I paired the mesh sheets with a photograph of crystal plates that reflected similar angles and diamond shapes when stacked. Moon over a calm ocean. Too calm, I realized. I wanted it to be lighter, more uplifting. So I superimposed an image of the discarded remains of cutout tin can tops I’d photographed at a local scrapyard—to fill the sky with flying birds.
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This is gorgeous. I love hearing about your accidental inspiration for these photo-collages.
Thank you so much, Lucy. It’s so great when inspiration comes these days. I try not to worry about it when it doesn’t. That’s the time to go out driving around the countryside, go for a hike, play fetch with the dog. Something always starts distracting me again. I don’t seem to ever run out of ideas or projects for long. This particular picture has become one of my faves. I just had it printed out on a metal sheet, 24 by 36 inches, to give to my son. Hopefully he’ll like it too. Cheers, Lucy!