‘A Picture’s Worth‘… is where we ask mobile photographers that have created powerful mobile photography/art to explain the processes they took. This includes their initial thoughts as to what they wanted to create, why they wanted to create it, how they created it, including all apps used and what they wanted to convey. We also ask these incredible artists to explain their emotions and how the image projects those feelings. We have published a few A Picture’s Worth articles recently, if you have missed those – please go here.
In this A Picture’s Worth today we asked Meri Walker to tell us more about her image ‘Icarus’, she has done so, passionately below…
“For me, the last month of living in the United States of America has been a dark journey: physically, emotionally, mentally, spiritually.
As winter descends rapidly here in the Northwestern US, by 3 o’clock in the afternoon, I get panicky that there’s just a little light left before the long night closes in again. My hands ache all the time with the damp and the cold.
I long for the light and warmth of the sun. And I long for relief from the surges of grief and rage spreading across the nation, tearing at our communities, ripping our hearts apart. War, racism, sexual brutality, moneymoneymoney, power and drugs have gained ascendance again in my homeland, obscuring the precious value of Life on Earth, driving delight underground.
So, as I’m taking my (not so) late afternoon walks with Blaze, I’m seeking signs of color and life in the dying leaves. Something I can laugh about. Something beautiful to soothe my aching heart. And hands.
This is the mental and emotional soil in which “Icarus” took shape last week.
Walking along, musing on the crazy cops and reckless greedy bankers, droves of Wall Street predators, desperate returning soldiers, jaundiced media and power-hungry fake food makers, exhausted teachers and healthcare workers…I found some drying mimosa pods hanging at eye level. In the gathering darkness, their markings looked like little sets of pursed lips. I laughed out loud as I captured some black-and-white macro shots using Camera+ on my iPhone 6“.
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‘Plain B&W shot’ – ©Meri Walker
That evening, I used Repix, PicArts and Polamatic to edit one of the macro shots into a pretend “Polaroid,” suggesting that it’s mimosa seedpods (not their boyfriends) that give 13-year-old-girls hickies/love bites (UK).
‘Polaroid-look shot’ – ©Meri Walker
A day later, with my heart still tied up in knots over the lack of justice for the murderers of Michael Brown and Eric Garner, I found myself flipping through my Camera Roll, back to the silly seedpod shot. My fingers opened it into Rollover, reaching for the soothing balm of surprise.
And I found it. As the seedpods disappeared into a swirl of curves opening into a virtually endless “sky,” I saw Icarus and Daedalus, the mythical father and son, taking flight towards the sun. There they were, in my iPhone, powered by the hubris of believing they could and should be more powerful than anyone else on Earth.
As I continued to muse on the myth, I used Photocopier to add some texture and color to what was an essentially black-and-white shot and then added some color and texture combinations in Stackables to separate “above” from “below” in the seemingly endless space. I used Leonardo and iColoramaS to fine tune the clarity and contrast, and to infuse the “scene” with believable mythical light. At the last moment, I found the peeling texture and blended it through the smooth field of light, foreshadowing their coming destruction. And ours.
‘Icarus’ – ©Meri Walker
At this point, it’s looking more and more like hubris is our entire nation’s tragic flaw.