Some time back a friend sent me snapshots, taken on a camping trip, of her grandchildren. I worked the picture of the little boy, Drew, into a portrait that I titled Shining Light, because he is just so radiant, literally as well as figuratively speaking. I wanted to do something special with the picture of Sarah, and I had worked up a portrait that I was happy with, and my computer crashed and I lost it. It has taken a while to get my inspiration back or, rather, to feel up to doing the picture justice. The result, here, is not too far off from what I did before, as I recall, but I think I like it better.
This work is currently posted for sale, primarily to allow the image to be enlarged for closer inspection by my friend, so she can determine whether she would like to purchase a print. When she has done so, the sale option will be removed, as I did with Shining Light. Even though the work that I have added to produce the portraits of the boy and the girl is my own, including the shot of the trees that are blended into the background here, since I did not take the original children’s photographs that are used as the basis for these images, I don’t believe that I should sell the pictures to anyone but the person who sent them to me.
I will, however, maintain both pictures in my portfolio, as I believe that I can claim some credit for turning a couple of very promising photographs into two (if I say so myself) lovely portraits, and I still want people to enjoy looking at them.