Altered Horizons 46

Altered Horizons 46 Robin Botie of Ithaca, New York, photoshops a fabricated landscape in dealing with depression and coping with loss.

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.


Altered Horizons 46

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2 thoughts on “Altered Horizons 46

  1. Lucy Bergstrom

    Hi Robin,
    This is gorgeous. I love hearing about your accidental inspiration for these photo-collages.
    Love, Lucy

    1. Robin Botie Post author

      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!


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