Day 19 – Heart in the Flower of Life

Day 19 Heart by Mary Gow
Day 19 Heart by Mary Gow
Day 19 Heart by Mary Gow

A small heart stone lies within a flower of life mandala. I remember learning about this sacred geometry symbol and being told to look at it often.

Welcome to Day 19 of my One Hundred Hearts Project. These last three days I’ve been creating hearts using photography to capture a feeling rather than paintings — both methods I then edit with Photoshop to add interest.

Today’s heart reminded me how much fun it is to compose by placing objects on a scanner. It’s the closest I can get right now to making photograms – which are created in the darkroom by placing objects on photo sensitive paper that are then flashed with light under the enlarger. The outcome is a mystery until it is taken through the photo chemical process.

Day 19 Heart was completed in Photoshop using the solarization filter.

Scanogram: A New Look at a Rose

"Rose Fuschia," scanogram digitally manipulated, by Mary Gow.
“Rose Fuschia,” scanogram digitally manipulated, by Mary Gow.
My love for making photograms is one step removed by placing objects on the printer and scanning them instead of placing them on photo-sensitive paper under an enlarger in a photographic darkroom.

Not long ago I was delighted to find a stack of compositions produced by placing objects on my scanner/printer, then manipulating it further using Photoshop. I originally created them in hopes of getting into a show, which I didn’t get accepted in. But the images are worth sharing nonetheless!

Enjoy!