When the world says “give up”, hope whispers “try one more time”…… Author Unknown
I had a memory pop up on Facebook this morning.. I hardly ever look at or share these pop up memories as I figure I’ve lived that day…..onward and upward, don’t look back. You know the drill. However this morning, I was a bit taken aback to see this particular one. You see, it was two years ago that I posted an image that I’d just made of a mermaid.
It wasn’t a new photo that I’d worked on. I had taken this photo of the lovely Hannah much earlier while I was still at TAFE. I had already edited it and loved the slightly cartoon effect I had put on it. I had already stepped out of my comfort zone when I edited it first time and it was one of my favourites from my time at TAFE. Obviously two years ago, I wanted to try something a bit different again.
I had known for a long time that I wanted to make art from photography but really didn’t have the nerve to step out of my comfort zone and try it. Then late one night, I gave it a go and Hannah turned into Hope, my mermaid. I have to be honest, when I’d finished it, I was quite overwhelmed. I felt like I had finally proved to myself that I could create what my mind imagined.
In all honesty, it was a fairly simple fantasy image but it will always be one of my favourites as it was a turning point for me and my belief in myself. I named her Hope to match the quote which suited me so well. Hope has become my muse. She whispers words of encouragement in my ear when I doubt myself and tells me to keep going when I sometimes want to give up. She is more than an image. I could probably rework the image with all I’ve since learned but I won’t, as to me she’s perfect as she is.
It amazes me that it’s really only been two years since I started to create what I was imagining, but then it was only in 2013 when I started studying photography, having never picked up an SLR or DSLR in my life. All of my photos up until that point had been taken with point and shoot cameras. It certainly has been an eventful 4.5 years but they are years that have brought me much joy.
So now, it’s onward and upward again. I am already working on a new mermaid shoot which I’d planned before I realised this was two years ago. Now it’s time to create lots more art as my mind imagines new worlds and scenarios. Time to take my work up a notch again as the learning process never really ends. But right now, I’m having a glass of wine and drinking a toast to my muse, Hope….