Photo Art Play

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A still life created with wooden duck decoy, nest with paper mache eggs, and birdhouse. I softened the photo, added grain, and added a texture. Still life was back-lit by a large window.

Photo Art Play

My time up in the North Woods has been a time of creativity and play. I can’t remember a time when I’ve felt so much creative inspiration in my life. The forests, rocks, and land up here constantly challenge and nourish my spirit and this place is generating incredible creativity for me.

I have so many ideas that I’ve begun exploring. It’s a time of photo art play. I am trying different camera techniques including playing with camera movement, making multiple exposures, and limiting my lens choice. I’m also working on two different photo series, playing with photo editing techniques, and experimenting with techniques to transfer ink jet printed photographs to fabric. Soon I hope to begin making short videos with my camera. Because of the quiet solitude I have time to study, work, and play with online classes and photography books.

“This is the real secret of life — to be completely engaged with what you are doing in the here and now. And instead of calling it work, realize it is play.”
Alan W. Watt

I feel so blessed to have so much inspiration in my life. How about you? What is inspiring you these days?

May you walk in beauty.


Wind-blown tree. Photograph of a photograph of a tree with camera movement during shot.


Looking up at 2 tall red pine trees with 24 mm lens. The top of the second tree seems to be suspended in the air due to the wide angle lens view. Added texture layer to the photograph.


photo art playDream catcher on a shelf. I added a blue jay feather to the dream catcher, softened the photograph, added grain and a texture, and converted to monochrome.


Bird on the top of a tiny conifer tree branch. Added a texture to the photograph.


Dream catcher in front of dresser mirror. Softened photograph, added grain, and de-saturated it.

4 Responses

  1. Karen (Bookcollector)

    Gorgeous, thought-provoking images, Marilyn. Thank you so much for sharing.

  2. Joanne Engelking

    I love these! Adding the texture to most of them makes them look more like paintings than photos, especially the black and white tree. Beautiful!

  3. Jerry Sattinger

    You are having way too much fun! However, I do not think that can ever really happen! Thanks for sharing the learning and the beauty!

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