Photo Montage: The Ruined Windmill

the ruined windmill photomontage by anne darling

I was driving home at night and spotted an owl flying across the field to my left. I slowed the car thinking it might fly in front of me and on in to another field but it hit the car roof with a soft thud. I don’t know why it didn’t see me, I had my headlights on and after all, owls can see at night can’t they? I hope it lived but I will never know. This photomontage is for the owl.

Footnote: According to John Ruskin, the English art critic, a ruined windmill in a picture aesthetically connotes suffering

Photo Montage: Ganesha and the Donkey

To enlarge this image and to read more about the symbolism in it, click here.

Photo Montage: Which Way Shall I Go?

Which Way Shall I Go?

Two paths lead away from the child. One goes up and over the hill by a set of stairs, the other is a chequered surface leading into the dark woods. She carries a candle to light the way but looks uncertain as to which way to go. The lion is not a threat, she looks to him for strength and to help her make a choice.
The stairs look like the more secure route but perhaps the mysterious depths of the forest might be the better way to go. Which way would you choose?

If you are interested in making your own photo montages, you might like to check out this page on my website which will get you started. You will also find a video which shows you how to isolate objects for use in your montages.

Child by Falln-Stock.
Lion by OverStocked
Stairs by Erendis-stock
Tiles by Sveinjo
Sky by Photostocks
Background by Mimose-stock

Photo Montage: East of Eden

The Tree of Life was the second tree in the Garden of Eden. Adam and Eve were forbidden to eat from this tree too. Cherubim guarded the Tree, and a flaming sword turned in every direction to deter anyone who was presumptuous enough to approach the Tree. In my version, the cherub sleeps, the sword forgotten, and the child is free to take fruit from the Tree of Life.

Or if you are interested in making your own photo montages, you might like to check out this page on my website which will get you started. You will also find a video which shows you how to isolate objects for use in your montages.

Photograph of the child by kind permission of Falln-Stock.

Photo Montage: Entering Eden

This is my take on the story in the first book of the Bible, Genesis, where God forbids Adam and Eve to eat from the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil. The serpent persuades Eve to eat from it and she in turn offers Adam fruit from the tree and he eats also. The two are banished from the Garden in case they also eat from the other tree there, the Tree of Life. God places cherubim at the entrance to the Garden and a flaming sword as protection.The flaming sword can turn in all directions and keeps safe the way to the Tree of Life. In my photo montage, you can see the gates of Eden and the child about to run past the Flaming Sword.
If you are interested in making photo montages, you might like to check out this page on my website which will get you started. You will also find a video which shows you how to isolate objects for use in your montages.

Photograph of the child by kind permission of Falln-Stock.

Photo Montage: Katie’s Magic Mandala

The subtitle for this playful photo montage is “Leaving Earth’s Orbit”.

A mandala is an object to focus your attention on during meditation. Meditation can lead to deeper states of consciousness where spiritual truth is perceived. Spiritual truth is of a different order to physical truth, superior to it yet not in conflict with it.

For me, art is a form of meditation. It is extroverted meditation whereas ordinary meditation is introverted. When you combine the two way of meditating successfully, the inner world and the outer world become one.

Photograph of the child by kind permission of Falln-Stock.

Photo Montage: Listening to the Sea

The extract below was taken from “The Excursion” by William Wordsworth, and was the basis for this photo montage.

I have seen
A curious child, who dwelt upon a tract
of inland ground, applying to her ear
the convolutions of a smooth-lipped shell
To which, in silence hushed, her very soul
Listened intensely; and her countenance soon
Brightened with joy; for from within were heard
Murmurings, whereby the monitor expressed
Mysterious union with its native sea.
Even such a shell the universe itself
Is to the ear of Faith; and there are times,
I doubt not, when to you it doth impart
Authentic tidings of invisible things;
Of ebb and flow, and ever-during power;
and central peace, subsisting at the heart
Of endless agitation

Photo of the child by kind permission of Falln-Stock.

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