Homage to my mom…
The sun is rising, east of a woman’s freshly emancipated soul.
With sheer delight she will watch her new freedom rise and grow strong, carrying her accross the ocean of her life.
Eagerly riding the tides, she will brave strong currents and beautiful agitated seas, fighting her way through occasional storms, tasting the salt of life, and collecting a wealth of souvenirs and precious lessons along the way.
Once on the west side of her existence, the time when she will be able to look back peacefully upon her itinerary will grow near.
The emancipation will then be complete, after slowly unfolding over a lifetime. Respite will appear in the guise of serenity and of a well deserved inner peace.
A life of emancipation and metamorphosis, in a changing world.
The photos used in this image are all mine, except for the one of my young mom at 19, obviously. I used the following photos:
It is my first attempt at creating a composite image, using several layers in Photoshop and blending them in overlay or soft-light mode. Levels, curves, gradient maps and channel mixers adjustment layers were also used to tweak the image a bit. Drop shadows were added to the two portrait cutouts to soften the edges and procure a little bit of depth.
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