Altered Horizons 55

Altered Horizons 55 Robin Botie of Ithaca, New York, photoshops fabricated landscapes as therapeutic photography for depression and coping with loss.

My overgrown pondweed situation was almost under control the morning I noticed pollen forming over most of the pond’s surface. It was like a giant floating oil slick. To make things worse, feathery tufts falling from nearby trees were being carried by the wind and landing on the ugly oily film. Unlike the algae and pondweed I’d been pulling out the past weeks, this would be almost impossible to get rid of. But I don’t mind hard work. Sometimes, immersing myself into hard physical labor, I can forget to be miserable and depressed. And it feels pretty good afterward to have been productive, to see the fruits of my labor.

The few clear spots on the pond, where the surface tension had broken, reminded me of meandering rivers. I photographed the mess. Then, dropping one of the images into Photoshop, I added a “sun” crafted from a shot of the sump pump cover on my lawn.


Altered Horizons 55


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2 thoughts on “Altered Horizons 55

    1. Robin Botie Post author

      Thank you, Lynne. I was actually thinking of you and your paintings as I did this and the previous photo up in Photoshop. My own work seems to be getting more and more abstract these days. It’s almost like I’m painting in Photoshop. Will have to see where this all takes me. I haven’t checked in on Facebook in a while. Must see what you are up to these days. Cheers!


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