I thought it was about time to do a collab under my own initiative for once… and what better way to break the ice than to collaborate with the amazingly talented Tracey Mac and her awesomely feline companion Ash!

The background is from a shot I’d taken on infra red film and scanned to digital, the trees manipulated to form the heart and the birds were added from another shot in my pf. I used a blur layer with 50% opacity to compensate for the heavy grain of the film and soften the overall image.

Tracie and Ashy were gorgeously played by themselves and I left it to them to find a suitable lyric. Which was a good call cause when I played it I was totally blown away by how well it suited the vibe of the image…

Return to Innocence

Love – Devotion
Feeling – Emotion

Don’t be afraid to be weak
Don’t be too proud to be strong
Just look into your heart my friend
That will be the return to yourself
The return to innocence

If you want, then start to laugh
If you must, then start to cry
Be yourself don’t hide
Just believe in destiny

Don’t care what people say
Just follow your own way
Don’t give up and use the chance
To return to innocence

That’s not the beginning of the end
That’s the return to yourself
The return to innocence


Massive thanks to you Tracie for the infinite inspiration… and Ashy? You be good and come in when yer told!


  • charliethetramp
    charliethetrampalmost 5 years ago

    now this is magical billyboy and a cat what a suprise great collaboration
    nature in all its metaphorical beauty

  • Thanks Charlie for feeling the magic, the beauty and the metaphor… and for the fave!!

    – billyboy

  • Mel Brackstone
    Mel Brackstonealmost 5 years ago

    How beautiful Bill! Thanks for the process too…..wow!

  • Cheers Mel!
    And the TRUE beauty of this was that I didn’t have to hit the beach at 5 AM to make it happen!
    So… guess you’ll be packing up yer shutter release about now… got coffee?? :-)

    – billyboy

  • mikequigley
    mikequigleyalmost 5 years ago

    lovely work Billy boy – fab tones – mq

  • Thanks for the appreciation Mike, and the fav!

    – billyboy

  • jujubean
    jujubeanalmost 5 years ago

    I just love this! the heart is my fave part.My eye is just drawn to it.

  • Telling me that your eye is drawn to the heart is just about the coolest thing… hey wait a minute… yer avatar’s diffrent in my activity filter feed thing? How’d you do dat?
    OK, don’t care. You faved it. and yer clever. I’m happy!!

    – billyboy

  • Desirée Glanville
    Desirée Glanvillealmost 5 years ago

    Fantastic job! LSD is one of my fav albums!! Wonderful collaboration!!! XXX! :)

  • Daisy? Bin thinkin bout yer amazin work and it’s not surprising u’r into LSD! Whew!
    Thanks SO much for faving this…
    and strong ale back atcha!!

    – billyboy

  • RavenSoul
    RavenSoulalmost 5 years ago

    Fanf*ckintastic! Love this wonderful collab!

  • C’mon, spell it out…
    Love your wonderful support!
    CAAAWW CAAAWW (hug hug… from the Babel Fish)!!

    – billyboy

  • pinkyjain
    pinkyjainalmost 5 years ago

    Magnificent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! i love this!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Wow. That’s 62 exclamation points exactly. Now THAT’s magnificent!
    AND you faved it!
    Cheers for the love!!

    – billyboy

  • abefleur
    abefleuralmost 5 years ago

    I love the ambiguity of this image. I love how it looks as if she could be walking into an enchanted forest, with the trees at the end arched over into a love heart shape … yet it feels uncomfortable and uninviting … Tracey’s expression is priceless, full of fear and yet determination … exuding emotion. A wonderful, brilliant collab :)

  • I confess Deb, I had to look up ambiguity. Didn’t get taught words like that back in New Jersey. But that’s cool cause now you mention the ambiguity, I actually see what this image has evolved into since its original concept… that the road back to innocence is lined with those very things that took our innocence away, and so the journey may well be dark and even trecherous.
    And you SO picked up on that expression because Tracey’s determination is indeed priceless and that’s why she’s such a saint.

    I love the way you looked as deeply into this as you look into everything you post… every word is worth its weight in solid gold.
    In fact, yer pretty close to sainthood yerself!!

    – billyboy

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaalmost 5 years ago

    wonderful work!

  • Cheers Scott… you da man!

    – billyboy

    BIRGlTTAalmost 5 years ago

    And what a team. :) Ya know, I saw those trees and was wondering if
    that heart was intentional or not. (How cool is that?!) And look at that
    Ash trying to steal the show again..heheh..fine work- the both of ya’s. ;)

  • Yep, that’s pretty farken cool!
    Ya know, I meant it when I said I hope you neva finish putting on yer lipstick. Place just wouldn’t be the same. In fact, it wasn’t.
    Way glad yer back!!

    – billyboy

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