When I posted the picture of my revamped studio did you notice the paintings? The best one, the one near the center, isn’t mine. The other, the red and purple one on the right, is mine. Looking at that photo made me go back and take a look at the painting and it’s history.
Over a decade ago I was in the middle of one of my periods of photography discovery. My Olympus E-10 went with me every where. This camera didn’t have a removable lens, but in every other way it acted much like an SLR. I kept the camera on full manual controls and shot only RAW images. Yes, I was one of those types of photographers.
I once spent a few hours photographing the train trestle in my town. I played with perspective and different camera settings. I went through every aperture available, taking the same shot with different settings. A bridge like this is a great way to get to know your camera.
Just after I did this photo-shoot I decided to use one of the photographs as the basis of a painting. I’ll admit that I really like the painting. Unfortunately no one else seems to like it. I also have to say I spent a lot of time trying to get this photo to look right on the screen but can’t. It is much darker but when I darken the photo it looks even less like the painting than this. Oh well, you should get the general idea.
Without the reference photo it looks like an abstract.
I had the idea to go back and take more photos and do more paintings, but a friend of mine dissuaded me saying it was the most awful work I’d ever done. What do you think? Should I have ignored his advice and done more photo sessions and paintings or was it best to just leave it?