This is a totally random and spontaneous experiment. My husband found this tiny keychain flashlight, which happened to be an aries symbol… so, of course, I thought would be fun to play around with. Just so happens, that is his mom’s sign. His mother passed away when he was thirteen… I realize that I’m stretching the symbolism of these photographs a bit… but it seems appropriate because branding has been on my mind lately. I’ve been told I have my own photographic style, so I wanted to use this aries flashlight as a way to find new meaning in nostalgic objects. I shined this light on a variety of materials… wood, my iPhone, my old oil paintings, metal and wallpaper. I was curious to see how it would shed new “light” (pardon the cheesy pun 🙂 ) onto objects I treasure. The paintings that currently hang on my living room walls were painted six years ago… when I really didn’t know what I was doing. It was a time when I was a lost little girl in a big world… and also, a time when I was too lazy to ever clean my brushes or go to the store for more turpentine. The light allowed me to break down my old paintings and see them in close-up, fragmented views. I tried to manually focus and shine the light, which was pretty difficult since I wasn’t using a tri-pod. I loved how there was a hint of color in the flashlight… a hint of pinkish-red… but the color only showed up on some of the objects. While conducting this experiment, I was also thinking about watermarks in terms of branding; how it is necessary to place a watermark on photographs these days so that your images cannot be stolen and published with no credits to you for your hard work. I think it’s a travesty that people steal images and think it’s ok to claim them as their own. Why? Didn’t your mamas teach you better? Ha. Anyways, I find it interesting how artists evolve over time… at the time, after I finished painted these oil paintings, I thought they were incredible. I was so proud of myself! But now, looking back, I see so many mistakes and errors. I clearly didn’t know what I was doing and I was teaching myself… now, I can’t really stand to look at these for too long! But, these were some of my first paintings. So funny how that changes. I guess that is all a part of the process for artistic growth. You can only be so good in so much time. It takes time to evolve. Anyways, I hope you enjoy these photographs and my random experiment with an aries flashlight!
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