Memories in the Moonlight or How Mistakes can be Creative
This is one of those composite images that took me awhile to create. I stumbled upon it making mistakes which often leads to the results I want. The background image was taken at the Victory Theatre in Holyoke, Massachusetts at an Abandoned America workshop with Matthew Christopher and Matt Lambros of After the Final Curtain, a wonderful blog to raise awareness on the plight of these old and magnificent theaters. This is the upper mezzanine foyer. The vintage photo is from e-vint and I changed the color of her gown from cream to pink to add color. I made the woman transparent because I wanted her to evoke a memory. The sky on the ceiling is a texture from Photomorphis which I duplicated and mirrored so that the clouds appeared to wrap around the beam in the ceiling. That was a mistake while using a mask but noticed if I left part of it on the beam it gave it 3D look. A pleasant mistake with a positive result. From there I made it a night sky by darkening it and adding the stars with a Photoshop brush. The idea for a night sky and the whole image being set at night was another mistake. I didn’t realize I had discarded the clipping mask on an exposure layer so the exposure layer now affected all the layers. The result looked like it was set at night. I realized that is exactly what I wanted. The moon in the window is a Photoshop brush. I used Topaz Restyle and MacPhun Intensify to give me the additional mood and drama I wanted in the image.
Making mistakes in Photoshop or even when photographing a scene can lead to opening new creative ideas and avenues. Don’t be afraid to takes chances with your art.