Life Inspiration (Part 4)

It depends on how you look at it.

Arty. Abstract. No photographic inspiration has me more excited than this one. I’m thrilled to talk about a bunch of strange pictures on several levels.

If you write a blog or are familiar with many blogs you know it’s a challenge to navigate image rights. Long ago I decided to indulge my photography hobby and supply my own. It’s taken me years to build a library of images, but it’s becoming vast now. Even so, always having a related image for every poem I write was a challenge.

Then I had an idea. Why not create arty or abstract images that I could interpret as related to the topic at hand? Thus far it’s worked well and it’s fun.

Another advantage to venturing into the world to find these images is it requires employing new perspectives. Often I have no idea how I’ll use an image and later discover it’s perfect for an unexpected need. Too, reinterpreting images is as important as capturing them.

As I’ve said, these pictures fill needs (posts) and broaden my perspectives. The third benefit comes when they stir my imagination and stories/scenes result. For all those reasons I’m going to comment directly on these pictures.

Maybe you’ll find inspiration, too, for your writing, photography, other artistic endeavor, or even how you view the world. Remember, clicking on a picture brings up a larger version. Enjoy.

Photo: CA Hawthorne

A nebula? Sun penetrating through the clouds or smoke cover? Light in the fog? A magic potion? None of the above—unless you want it to be. It’s actually a candle flame viewed through melted wax.  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Pretty simple here. It’s the side of a birch tree. If you’re a fantasy writer take a step back (or two) and look at it anew. A map? Mountain ranges penetrating snow cover? Or maybe you’re writing a mystery and that dark spot is a bullet. Perspective!  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

A Rorschach Test? An LSD trip? Actually, it’s just a blue nightlight in front of my bathroom mirror. This is an example of photo manipulation. I had a terrifying reaction to a drug once and I’m pretty sure the world looked like this. *shudder*  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Me when I get up in the morning. You think I’m kidding? I’m not. I needed a picture for a Halloween poem several years ago and created this. Okay, I manipulated it—a little bit. It’s my evil imp picture.  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

First of many pictures I took at the local re-use center with my iPhone. It isn’t a tunnel or circular walkway descending to an abyss. It’s a corrugated pipe that was about ten feet long. The sun was bright.  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

The re-use center again (I’ve taken at least 30 photos there). It could be an ancient staircase or clay tablets or strange artifacts, but it’s just wall tile. Mostly I loved the archeological feel I got off the colors.  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

This was taken from the walking path. I wonder how many walk past and ignore the patterns? I saw more than angles, though. This screamed Film Noir. That’s why I couldn’t wait to make it black and white. I imagine this as taken a second before a body floats past. Or is something living under here?  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Glad I got this picture when I did. Buildings are going up here now. Wreckage from a crashed airship or alien craft? It has to be an engine, doesn’t it? A steampunk machine? That isn’t far off. It was what was left of an old refinery’s boilers, I believe.  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

If you think in historical or steampunk terms then this grill might speak to you. Or is there something IN there? Makes me think about the grills they had on old cars. H’m, makes me think how I need to find some old cars.  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Is the pipe scattering the clouds? Sucking them in? Is it a machine or robot that’s become aware of the sun and is looking up? I had to contort myself to get this picture, but it spoke to me immediately and inspired a short story called “Mech.”  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Ancient temple? Grave marker? Volcanic formation? Just the ash remains of an incense cone. It’s less than an inch tall. Yeah, it blurred, but that suited my purposes.  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

One of my first abstract shots. It was actually a mistake—twice. These birds were hovering on a wind current in Wyoming (not easy) and I took the shot with my phone. It blurred and looked terrible. When I went to extremes to sharpen it I ended up with this. It’s as if out of a dream or fantasy tale. Or maybe it isn’t birds at all?  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

One aspect of these shots is that your  past influences what you see. This is a cabinet interior at the reuse center (the slots were for files, I assume). It yelled Art Deco to me. Or maybe a background for the movie Metropolis if imagined as towering walls? Metropolis WAS Art Deco.  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

The reuse center again. They’ve a huge collection of light fixtures hung low, each glass panel distorting the shot. I even managed to avoid inclusion. This could be historical, fantasy, or psychedelic (some of us remember that). Makes me think of polished brass and cherry wood.  Photo: CA Hawthorne

Photo: CA Hawthorne

Pretty simple. My eye. Except, something is off. Something isn’t quite right. Kind of a  Mona Lisa issue. Which eye is it? An impulse shot that made me smile. It says a lot about how subtle is often better than drastic.  Photo: CA Hawthorne

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