Texturizing a Storm

//Texturizing a Storm

Texturizing a Storm

Memory is quite central for me. Part of it is that I like the actual texture of writing through memory.
~ Kazuo Ishiguro

I saw a crow yesterday, seized in midair by a gale. Just five feet from her tree, she paddled against the swell like a swimmer in an Endless Pool. I may not remember her well, except as form and contrast against the texture of turbulence . . . or later, as a black specter against the dusk, clutching the willow branch as rains came in.

It made me think of Ocean Beach in my home of San Francisco — how the Pacific breaks at the city’s doorstep, and how you can feel the surf’s grit and salt, long after the storm sweeps through. I texturized the beach in my mind, in the colorless grain of a passing memory.

The Photos:The photo process here was simple, using a free texture from SkeletalMess on Flickr (thanks, SkM) , I added a layer and overlay at varying opacities (50% to 70%). I then applied a Nik Software filter, Silver Efex, adding some film grain and burned edges. With a few of the photos I used other Nik filters in Color Efex Pro, the Darken/Lighten Center mode as well as the Soft Focus filter and Glamour Glow.

By | 2010-11-18T00:36:16+00:00 November 18th, 2010|Blog, California, Crows, Jays & Corvids|2 Comments

2 Comments

  1. Ivan November 18, 2010 at 12:36 pm

    Pure inspiration!

  2. ingrid November 18, 2010 at 1:04 pm

    Thanks, Ivan. I love the chain reaction in the brain from simple visuals.

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