Hello magical folks, I've not posted for an age, but I'm back on track after bugs, business things, and whathaveyou. I've been thinking lately about memory, and things that take you back to another time, another place. This sensation fascinates me, it's magical. I find these retro applications that you can download free absolutely wonderful, I can take an ordinary photograph, and use the filters and borders to capture the memory as I remember it. You know when it happens because of that feeling in your gut of recognition and a stirring of something deeper. These effects for me unlock what my subconscious feels, what my soul registers at the time. Then later, when I see the image, it's not my eyes that tell me what I'm seeing, it's the goosebumps on my skin, or the hairs on the back of my neck.
I love retro effects. I was lucky enough to be given a slide projector by my grandmother after my grandfather died. He left me things to do with natural history, and knowledge (I was so glad I wasn't older and got the gold pen/watch!! The shells collection, books and slides were much better!). I remember the smell of the old projector when it got hot, like old attics. The images were so aged, but beautifully taken, wonderful skies and shorelines, roses, rivers...they somehow conveyed the essence of their subjects better than the clearest photograph.
This 'projector' smell, the vintage look, and the subject matter became synonymous to me with peace and utter joy. I would hole myself up in my bedroom and look at these treasures, hour after hour, they were like a time machine. I could travel anywhere. Magic.
Some images just 'speak' to me, like barren beaches, or a telegraph pole, they evoke something within me. And it's inexplicable, which is what I love about it. I've used this technique to start designing my tarot cards, an exercise which I've taken on to better understand the deck and it's meanings. This technique is a blend of deja vu and some unlocked or embroidered memory - I think more is seen by the soul than by the eye sometimes. A little like a poem, it can be a better snapshot than a poor photograph.
If I'm ever brave enough, I'll post some of my tarot cards....you never know, I might just do it.