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While on a shooting expedition with a friend, I braved a midsummer, creepy-crawly-laden Texas field to photograph an abandoned, rusty, Hesston 600 tractor.
The resulting pictures were solid, if unamazing. In fact, the most exciting thing about that shoot was the Texas-sized grasshopper I fished out of my blouse during the walk back to the truck. Ewwww!
Fast-forward a few years, when I was hit with sudden, blazing inspiration -- dig out those rusty tractor shots (the tractor was rusty -- not the photos) and transform them into a 12-image collection. Wonderfully recycled visual art!
Piece of cake, right?
One of the many joys of photo-manipulation is that every capture is brimming with possibilities; I never, ever delete anything I've photographed. Even the most mundane capture can become a gorgeous background or texture.
In this case, I had an intriguing source as a kickstarter. I also had about a zillion ideas -- all that earthy color and intriguing texture!
These two images had already settled comfortably into my online galleries, but were starved for rusted company --
In typical fashion, the Lord and Lady arrived first. Early birds tend to do that --
Then, late one night, the dramatic Torso,
nudged me from a half-hearted attempt at sleep.
Several others followed in quick succession.
Finally, the regally oxidized King demanded an immediate transfer from my mind to the comparative safety of the computer --
In the end, one dozen completed works were ready to brave the light of day -- all as different as they are similar. Twelve images, ten of which didn't exist just a few months ago, even as a glimmer of thought.
So, when inspiration knocks, go where it leads -- even if that's into a grassy, Texas field crawling with insects and (gulp!) lizards.
I can't wait to see what comes knocking next! :-)
* CLICK HERE to see the entire, eclectic collection. You can own all, or any part, of The Oxidation Collection . . . if you're so inspired.
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St. Christopher signing off @ 2:20 a.m. CST.