Beating Hearts is my lastest photo art composition.
I was wandering through London on one of my many walks and quite unexpectedly encountered hundreds of flags in the beautiful ceiling in the Leadenhall Marke; the Union Jack and the Cross of St George, all strung out like fairy lights, moving gently in the breeze. It was a breathtaking and visually stunning photograph, however as always it’s never enough for me to just take the photo, I have to create art from it. That meant waiting for quite some time until I found the perfect way to express this particular beauty in Beating Hearts. To make this composition I blended two of my photographs – one photograph of the flags in Leadenhall Market the other photograph of Covent Garden Market, then added masks and textures. This was a composition I began a few weeks ago, left for a while and came back to it. Sometimes doing photoart, I get stuck. There are so many different directions in which I can travel with photoart that it can be hard to decide and often it’s a question of revelation.
As I worked on Beating Hearts, on a particularly stressful day, it gave me strength that seemed to move through the entire image. Feeling that shift and that exhilarating emotion at being able to create something moving and beautiful makes everything worthwhile. When stuff happens, an artist must create art. And, at this time, the symbolic power of the flags, as if to defiantly declare – we will not be moved from our goals from our vision. Obstacles and roadblocks are like so much dirt, that we brush of our shoulders and carry on together. It reminded me of why I create. Art gives us strength and reminds us of who we are.
Art is Connection. Cherish the memories. Cherish the experience.