Some days you are applying yourself to a specific project and everything you come up with looks invariably wrong. It’s not that your image will look bad per se, but the feeling is things are just not what you are after, and you cannot understand when and how you took a wrong turn. It’s like with trying to fix a spoiled recipe (cookery is another serious business and an art in its own right): if the dough is not rising and you cannot figure out why, it’s time to take a break and focus on something else. Gardening or knitting perhaps—good luck with these two.
Some time ago I started a series of pictures with thematic and visual affinity. At some point I got stuck and couldn’t go on, even if I was so eager to. I had been struggling with one of these pictures for a few days and I realized I was not going to complete it by trying so hard at it: whatever I was incorporating into that image looked wrong in that context. However, it turned out I kind of liked one of the items I had been hopelessly trying to fit in and I wanted to keep it as a separate work. Mixing stuff at random can produce horrible concoctions indeed, but sometimes it can also procure you little satisfactions. Had I not been trying to come up with something by aimless combination, I would have not thought of such a simple idea. What I had been trying to fit was the Moon, the natural satellite, with overlapping geometric motifs. I felt the minimal effect would have been irremediably lost if I just forced this moon into a visually and conceptually different work. There was very little photography in the moon element, and a bit too much apping.
I started with the Moon itself in Alien Sky. Then I moved on to build the various components, through Deco Sketch, Laminar, Glaze, Geló, Over, Handy Photo, assembling everything in Image Blender. Finally, I went through Mextures for softening the overall image feel and Vsco Cam for final color toning.
After the first moon, others urged me to repeat and alter the original process. Other apps I included for the other satellites are Sketch Club, Tangent, Infinicam, Viewmatic—I may be forgetting some though. The result was the following.
I wanted for once to explore the aseptic and semi-orderly side of things, the shapes and the iterations, but I also wanted to preserve the more organic qualities, the colors and feelings inherently connected with the original myths. Well, what they suggested to my imagination, at least.
I’m not lunatic (haha, no pun intended) really, and I don’t know if I’ll keep on crafting moons for the sake of it. I was looking forward to giving at least good ol’ Triton a go, but all sorts of other images got in the way in the meantime and I sort of interrupted the flow. This doesn’t mean more moons won’t be appearing sooner or later, but you know how these things go: even for random “mistakes”, once you get started, you have to be in the right state of mind.
This said, one should always keep an eye open and be open to suggestions and even blunders; especially since means and tools are all in our hands.