SymmeTrees ThematicOne question I hear a lot in the Fine Art circles is: “What are you working on now?” or “What projects do you have in mind for the future?” Let me show you what is keeping me busy lately.

While I was creating my “Hidden Within” series (read about the creation process here), I experimented a little bit more with one of my images, and I liked what I saw. I was curious to know what happens when I use even more symmetry in my images, and also utilize the wonderful blending modes in Adobe Photoshop CS6. The results were very pleasing to my eyes, even if they ‘had no eyes‘ … not all of the images had easily recognizable creatures in them like the ones in the first series, although you can find some if you look carefully and use your imagination. Would you like to find some? I’ll give you two hints. An easy one would be the four scientists with their cats, and a harder one is a chipmunk. Double hint for the last one: stand back from the screen for this one.

Can you see recognizable objects in my pictures? Is it easy for you to spot faces? While I was working on my first thematic series I realized, that some people spotted creatures in the images effortlessly, others could not see them even after I pointed them out. Our brains and eyes definitely work differently.

The original photographs for these images came from different trees: the California Sycamore, the California Pepper Tree, the Eucalyptus tree, and a type of pine tree which I still need to identify. One of the wonderful “after effects” of my love for photographing nature is, that I want to know what I just took a picture of. I use books and the internet to identify birds, sea life, butterflies, and plants. It is like a never ending learning experience.

Now, I invite you to take a look at my current “SymmeTrees” images in the Gallery (opens in new window). Don’t forget to click on the thumbnails to enlarge the pictures.