Altered Horizons 81

Altered Horizons 81 Robin Botie of Ithaca, New York, photoshops fabricated landscapes in her efforts to deal with depression and loss.

It must have been one of my rough days, the day I photographed this huge pile of discarded building materials and then turned the image upside down in Photoshop. “The sky is falling, the sky is falling,” is what I imagined at the time. Later, I added a photo of a chipped rock ledge for the “sky” to land onto. And, to contain the chaos, I framed the scene with rebar, rods used to reinforce concrete. Unfortunately, now when I regard this fabricated landscape, I’m reminded of media images of floods and rivers swollen with debris, carrying off people’s homes and belongings. Creating these fake landscapes is not always an uplifting endeavor. But I get to control the devastation and disturbance in this one small scene.


Altered Horizons 81


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    1. Robin Botie Post author

      OMG, Lynne, if I had to guess which one of my works would speak to you, it would have been this one. The movement and chaos of all that rubble in this scene reminds me of many of your paintings. If I could add some of the amazing color combinations you come up with— our works could sit side by side on the same wall. I’m considering the “lighthearted” part of this and can only imagine that you, and I, have learned to take chaos in stride. That we’ve both put up with so much upheaval and commotion, that we can relax and maybe even laugh in the face of it all. Many thanks.


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