I Have Loved the Stars Too Fondly
“I have loved the stars too fondly to be fearful of the night,” is from the poem “The Old Astronomer” by Sarah Williams. The room was photographed at Trans Allegheny Insane Asylum, Weston, West Virginia. I loved the corroded metal bars on the window and peeling paint in this room. The vintage figure is from the Library of Congress Open Content and I decided to use clouds to fill out his head and feet. I wanted him without any sense of recognition. Faceless and nameless as many of the people in the old insane asylums were. The starry night through the window is a texture I purchased.
This particular composite went through three transformations before I finally settled on this one. Sometimes I have an idea on how I want the image to work and as I get into it I find that my first direction is not really what I wanted. You really have to not be afraid to fail when you are creating work. Those failures always lead to a success.