I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them.
— Diane Arbus
This week Tina is our host, and she says: …”we hope you’ll share a subject that is near and dear to you, that you find interesting, or challenging, or perhaps that shows us something new or unique to you.” Please visit her page, marvel at her artistry and get inspired by the art of Wabi-Sabi!
I am not interested in shooting new things – I am interested to see things new. – Ernst Haas
Personaly, I have chosen nature’s beauty combined with different processing of the images. A creative pastime that has become even more interesting in days of seclusion this year. But, let’s start with my capital city – Stockholm. (I do visit cities too…) Said to be one of the most beautiful capitals in the world – much because it is a city on water.
All photographs are accurate. None of them is the truth.
— Richard Avedon
Earlier this year (pre-pandemic…), a grey day, just like today, I had some hours between trains in Stockholm. I walked past Stockholm City Hall, sailing in the air – a double exposure processed with an oil painting filter.
In seeking truth you have to get both sides of a story. – Walter Cronkite
My visit to Ifö art center some weeks ago also presented some splendid natural artworks. This beautiful window was covered in colourful Boston ivy (?) (oil painting filter) – but its real beauty wasn’t revealed until we went inside, looking out of the backlit window.
The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.
― George Eliot
This gallery shows the same window, processed with different filters. From left to right: colour pencil, water colour, oil pastel, pencil, abstract.
Only photograph what you love.
– Tim Walker
My final image is the window seen through my eyes, lens and oil painting filter. It represents my heart’s own memory of this moment in time. Our memory works like this – reality through filters like personality, feelings, mood and situation. In the header – double exposed roses processed with an oil pastel filter.
So, this week it’s all up to you – choose your subject and share whatever it is about it that you find interesting. We are looking forward to seeing your interpretations.
Thank you for treating us to your creativity on Amy’s Now and Then Challenge!
SPECIAL NOTE: For those who wish to have advance notice on our themes, next week Patti will treat us with an Alphabet Challenge – Subjects That Begin With The Letter A.
Until then – stay warm, safe and hopeful.
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Beautifully creative images, Ann-Christine. I particularly like the double exposure shot and the frosty leaves.
Thank you, Sue! It seems many like the double exposure – and it is a fun trick with the camera.
Your pictures are beautiful, Ann-Christine. I especially like the Boston ivy with different oil painting filters. Very creative, the colors are so delicate and lovely!
Sylvia, I am happy you like it! I found it very intriguing.
powerful, peaceful a bit unsettling in a way, perfect December morning pieces for the eyes to take in.
Thank you for a lovely comment!
Such a special post … I just love those windows! ❤️
Julie, I am happy you liked them!
These are gorgeous AC!!
Wonderful! The window images are mind blowing.
Glad you liked them, Rupali!
Stunning abstract photography, Ann-Christine. I really am having trouble keeping up at the moment but it is enough to have your lovely photos to look at, as well those of your talented contributors.
Tracy, I just read you last post – glorious photos and all. Made my day/evening/night! Thank you for your beautiful comment. You are very kind. And – I still have your flowers, dry now, but still beautiful. they are standing beside my mother’s portrait so I can see them every day. What you did was something extra, unforgettable. Thank you for your warm heart. ♥
You’re so welcome, AC. ❤
Those window images are exquisite!
So happy you liked them, Nora! I found it astonishingly beautiful – a real chock from seeing it from the inside.
So creative and alive, and I love that Arbus quote, I so agree.
Happy you liked them, thank you! And that quote is certainly perfect.
My pleasure Leya, a feast to enjoy.
WOW. Great photos. The super-imposed town shot is one of my favorites. It reminds me of the sci-fi detective novel The City and The City, by China Mieville, about a city with ‘parallel universes’, where so can crossover from time to time.
Ah, I have not heard of that one – but the name is of course just right!
i am amazed a.c. about your pictures the first one is wonderful and i like it very much wish you a great week.
best regards robert
Thank you so much, Robert! Happy you liked them – and the roses seem very popular! Hope you are having a great week.
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The art of photography! That cityscape on the river is evocative to me, but the gallery of the window images is fascinating!
So pleased you enjoyed my images, John!
Wow, how did you create that first picture, Leya? I couldn’t take my eyes off of it. I agree with you about the window. It is even more beautiful inside than outside. And the frosty leaves are stunning. A fun post. 🙂
Thank you, Marsha – happy to share. I guess you mean the double exposed roses? My favorite colour.
Yes, that picture is arrestingly beautiful!
What a pleasure to view these photos and I love your header with the double exposed roses!
Thank you, Liz! Happy to share and so glad you liked them!
Beautiful photos! Someday I’m going to figure out how you do that photo layer thing. I need to watch some photo shop tutorials 😊 Great post Leya!
♥ I forget thing so often, have to see those tutorials every time…
So much beauty that I’m not sure where to start. 🙂 … thanks for sharing your skills and passion. The quotes were excellent additions. Loved the treatment of the Stockholm pic. The leaves were stunning. The ivy was perfectly framed … and the last set had me wondering. Simply beautifully done!
Wow, I am overwhelmed – thank you! I had great fun and learned new things all the way – which I think is very important.
Learning is always important. Thanks for sharing what you have learned.
Fascinating to see what you have created with these photos! Really lovely as well as interesting.
So glad you enjoyed them Anne – I had a great time and also learned a lot. Important too!
Love the delicacy of that sparse Boston Ivy, Ann Christine, and your beautiful window creation. 🙂 🙂
Thank you, Jo! I had so much fun and learned new things!
A truly wonderful post Ann-Christine. Just love everything about it 🙂 🙂
Brian, you make me happy with your words! Thank you!
I love this A-C: ”Our memory works like this – reality through filters like personality, feelings, mood and situation.” So true! And beautifully expressed. Your experiments with filters are lovely! They could be paintings. So you visit cities, eh??😀
Haha…thank you, Patti – feels so good that you liked them! And my try to explain what I think. And yes…I do visit cities…sometimes…hopefully again after covid – whenever that is.
Yes, I’m ready to pack my suitcase, too!!
This: ”I really believe there are things nobody would see if I didn’t photograph them!!!!” Love it and I love what you’ve done with all your shots. I enjoy playing with editing as well, although I don’t have any fancy editing apps. Between you and Tina, I might be inspired to play a bit more. Wonderful post, A-C.
Janet, I am happy to hear you like them – and the app is not fancy, and it is free. And easy to use. Just search for FotoSketcher and give it a chance!
I’m not normally a fan of ‘mucked about with’ photos, but each of these is beautiful: I particularly like the double image, and the last window photo. You’ve transformed what I imagine were already interesting photos into something quite special.
Margaret – I know what you mean about changing ”real” photos, that is why I am reluctant to post my ”results”. Glad you liked them despite everything!
Oh, you quite converted me, Ann-Christine!
Haha – well, then thank you for telling me!
Absolutely gorgeous pics!
Thank you very much, happy to share!
Lovely images and treatments. ”Our memory works like this – reality through filters like personality, feelings, mood and situation.” That sums up so well exactly how I feel too.
So happy you liked them, Su – and great I hit your summing up!
What an impressive process especially for the window. I love the impressionist presentation!
Thank you, Miriam – I had fun and so glad you enjoyed them!
I could see the fun you had, Ann-Christine!
Leya – I like the lines and colors in your images and this was a top quote for me today:
The memory has as many moods as the temper, and shifts its scenery like a diorama.
― George Eliot
So glad to hear! Thank you!
So very artsy and wonderful 😀 😀
Thank you, Cee!
Amazing images, Leya! I can feel the mood in each one!!
So glad you enjoyed them, Angela, thank you!
I really liked the picture of frosty leaves. The frost defines their interesting shapes. Of course, I do have a soft spot for fall foliage. 🙂
Thanks! Then there are two of us having a softspot!
Beautiful images Ann Christine! I love your use of filters to create amazing art. You are a talented photographer and artist.
I will remember your words – thank you kindly for a lovely compliment, Anne! I had great fun as well.
The results of the window image process are amazing! I love the red leaves around the window, so beautiful!!
Thank you, Amy! I had great fun doing it!
Oh, brilliant post, A C! Love your last image, especiallly!
Thank you, Sue!
Absolutely dazzling Ann-Christine. As you know the impressionist style is my very favorite and you have outdone yourself this week (which is really saying something!) I see you are really embracing the new software and I loved the way you displayed the windows. Your final image though is well-deserving of it’s place of honor. It is quite simply a masterpiece (as is your gorgeous header this week!)
Well, thank you, thank you, Tina. ♥ Overwhelming! But I did have some great fun, and I know of course we share the love for impressionism. This window was quite the dream. The funny thing was that Viveka was there as well – and only the two of us noticed that window and stayed behind to photograph it. I wanted to see it once more when the tour was finished, but unfortunately we did not leave the building where we entered it.
What amazing photos! Each one is a work of art, especially the last one through the glass. It was a pleasure to revisit Stockholm and remember it as you said, a city on water. For me Stockholm’s sky will always be blue, the water too and loads of sunshine all the time.
Thank you kindly, Sheetal! I had great fun. And I know you have sunny memories of Stockholm. ♥
Lovely photos and I have enjoyed the different processes you have used. Particularly those leaves. Like you I have been playing with my photos this year, it’s interesting to see how the effects can alter an image.
Yes, thank you, Jude, there is much fun to be had in the processing. And you can change effect according to your mood! Or the mood you want for the moment. I sometimes think about getting old and what to do with my time if I cannot walk anymore. Hopefully i will have my eyes and hands and a computer !
That’s a lovely view through the window. For many art galleries and museums, my memories are often as much of the setting as of the collection itself. This looks so beautiful.
Glad you like it, and you really have a point there – I must agree about the importance of the setting.