What does this photograph evoke in you? Head thrown back, this young woman looks to the sky, arms open; she seems to be emerging from cracked, arid ground and is surrounded by ethereal white light. Is she transcending into the all that is? Or is she a being, long buried in a literal or figurative tomb, who has been just released? Does this image portray some kind of liberation, or does it feel hellish somehow? These are all thoughts I’ve had as I stare at this image.
She appeared in an old 1999 StockPhoto Inc. catalog I purchased at the library sale on Monday. These catalogs, once subscribed to by graphic art and advertising firms, now primarily sell their images via the Internet. As for me, since I do not sell my collage art, I do use them for many of my art pieces including SoulCollage cards.
But this particular image has me captivated and I continue to gaze at her and periodically free write about the emotions that she stirs in me. And I think of the photographer, unknown to me, who took the photo and then probably manipulated it in PhotoShop. What vision did he or she have? Namaste, unknown photographer. Thank you.
Remember I wrote that the crucified bronze Christ fell off my bedroom sick-call cross on Ash Wednesday? In that entry, I say that I want to replace Him with a more positive image of a risen Christ and I’ve been searching for just the right image. I thought maybe this might be the one. I actually scanned this image and cut it out, wondering if this could be replacement of the bronze Christ. But when I placed her against the old carved mahogany cross worn smooth by my mother-in-law’s fingers as she suffered with her last illness in 1980, it seemed blasphemous. I am trying so hard to think out of the box artistically with my art and journals, but her place is not on that cross.
By the way, in the SoulCollage process, Seena Frost does say in her book that sometimes an image becomes the card itself without any additional collage. This might be the case.
So, again I ask you, what does this image evoke in you? How, if at all, would you use this image in a piece of art? I actually feel like she is trying to say something only I haven’t quite made out the words yet.