What I saw… in a dream. I woke up with this in my head. Well, not exactly. But, this picture is close enough.
In my dream, I was swimming upward through the color blue in this picture. I was swimming up and up until I broke through the surface with a spray of water and glowing light surrounding me.
I awoke feeling happy and smiling at the thought of my dream.
I tried to duplicate it in a photograph or two. Instead of me rising to the top I added flowers. Blooming flowers.
I wanted to make a happy picture. I think that I did. I’ll tell your more on the other side.
Why do this picture at all? Hmmm. Since lockdown I haven’t really been very happy. It’s one thing to stay home when you want to, but what about when you want to roam about?
I read a piece in The New York Times about ten steps to achieving a kind of happiness and coming back from the brink. I don’t think that I was near any brink, but I wanted to know more.
Of course, the Times made t hard. They were are going to post one step a week. I had a bad thought and remembered that I know how to Google along with about 200,000,000,000 people.
I Googled. I found what I was looking for.
The first step is to recalibrate your thinking. In short, make yourself believe that you are happy. Where I come from we say, “Fake it until you make it.”
It worked once, why not twice?
They say you can’t catch lightning twice. I agree. But this is something different. Maybe thunder.
I’m anxious to see where this goes.
Making this photograph took a bit of thinking before I started.
Normally I experiment along the way.
Not this time.
I knew which two pictures in my current archives might work. If it matters, I made both of them last week.
I worked on each of them then I layered them. They fell into place easily, which means that I’m on the right track.
I fine tuned them. And, I fine tuned them a second time.
The finished picture is what you are looking at.
Makes me smile. Maybe you’ll smile too.