No, nothing terrible. This is our youngest daughter at our backyard gate. I loved this photo as soon as I took it because I knew that in years to come I’ll look at this little slice of real life and smile… maybe the tears might even start to well. It’s one of those everyday little moments that fade into the vast abyss of forgotten memories in the blinking of an eye. But it’s scenes like this that I love to preserve… the normality, the comfortable feel that we become accustomed to but never really appreciate until it’s gone.
I don’t think you’ve seen the last of this photo yet…
This version was inspired by some very old photos that I loved as a child. They were lightly coloured black and white photos that my Granny owned… I always thought of them as lost little pieces of time and I could stare at them for hours on end, imagining the daily lives of those within.
I wanted to not only selectively colour this shot, but I wanted the colouring to be at varying degrees of… well… faded-ness. I loved the blue of her shirt and shorts, and wanted that to be the focal colour. Colouring her legs took away from that blue dominance, but I definitely wanted more colour in the shot. I gave the fence only a very slight amount of colour, and I think it balances the shot well.
I hope you like this as much as I do.
Pagan Ways – 24 Mar 2010
Selective Colour group’s ‘July Avitar Challenge’ – 5 July 2010