Lolita is under a lot of pressure lately to beef up her blog posts over at Audio Sparks for Art. This is a result of webmaster Dan’s redoubled efforts to improve his relationship with the search engine robots and drive a little more traffic through the site. The bots like words. Lolita has been asked to provide more of them. To this end, our vampiric idol has been introducing artist statements about creative process. This sharing about process by the artists gives the fans one more way to connect with the creations and the creators. For Lolita, the sharing has encouraged her to look critically at a particular aspect of her own compositional process, i.e., the use of special effects.
Two photographs recently posted at the website were particularly instructive for Lolita. The first photo, “Silly Roses” by Tabitha Borges, resulted from a hilltop snapshot. The post production work included cropping, the addition of background bubbles, and the application of a filter.
The other photograph, of monarch butterflies, utilizes an image cloning technique, then further image stretching and filtering.
It is evident from Tabitha’s description of her process with respect to the “Sisters” shot at least, that a great deal of planning went into positioning of subjects, angle of shot, inclusions of flowers. The foundation of her art photo was all about good planning and nothing about Photoshop editing. This is not to minimize or nullify the ultimate roll that Photoshop editing had in her process to final creation. But it is instructive to consider a sequence of creative events, one which begins with careful consideration of subject and shot. The strength of the final creation lies in these initial decisions. The effects are added at the end, to create the final artistic statement. Lolita has been a fan of many composers, and has offered many composers humble critique. One problem she has seen is a tendency to over-rely on effect. Consideration of Tabitha’s work drove her to the unavoidable truth that the make-it-or-break-it aspects of creative work are generally formulated well before the special effects, the embellishments, are added.
In your creative process, you may discover that more time and planning on the front end pays dividends at the end, in the final work.