©Tracy J Thomas, 2016. All rights reserved.
Spring is when I spend a lot of time in the garden kneeling down at eye level with all the flowers that seem to pop up and bloom overnight. I try to take some time daily to search for all the small details that are missed when caught up in our busy world. When you stop and look closely, it’s as if an entire parallel universe exists between the petals and stamen, the soil and grass. Sometimes while lost in a patch of Poppies I imagine a tiny world of faeries that flit about on lacy wings as they tend to the garden. If you look closely, you too might find them.
I shot these photos on my iPhone and edited them on my iPad with the PicFX and Procreate apps.
©Tracy J Thomas, 2016. All rights reserved.
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“Ode to Spring” – ©Tracy J Thomas, 2016. All rights reserved.
March is a time for renewal, when the first buds of early Spring begin to push their way towards the surface. The days become a bit longer, less dark and bleak. Flocks of birds begin to fly overhead and make their way north after a long winter layover. Their excited squacks and cackles instill a sense of hope in my soul, but also a feeling of sadness that I never took the time to visit them while they were at rest here in our valley. My soul was tucked away in front of the warm fire, wrapped in reflection, which is where winter often sends me.
I stand in my backyard as a family of Sandhill Cranes ride a thermal right above me. Their giant wings glide in circles as their gutteral call rolls from their beaks in an ecstatic chorus. They circle and glide, resting for the long trip ahead, a momentary pause in their journey as if saying goodbye. A tear escapes my eye as I look up and wish them a safe flight.
The sun sneaks out between big white clouds and leftover raindrops that have settled on the new blooms begin to shimmer. My focus shifts from the vast expanse of the sky above back to the tiny things below me. The longer I stare, the more amazed I become. This micro world of color and light comes alive as if the entire universe exists in this few inches of earth within my vision. Life and death begin and end there. Spring approaches to remind us it is our job to live, to let go of the darkness, emerge from our coccoons and acknowledge the beauty in all that we have been given.
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“Connected” – ©Tracy J Thomas, 2016. All rights reserved.
My imagination has always been very vivid. As a child I used to create stories in my mind, spending a lot of time daydreaming and constructing a new reality that was far better than the one I lived. As an adult, that imaginative mind and story construction is most often expressed through my art. Photomontage work is one of my favorite ways to decompress and become lost in a world of my own making.
These two new pieces are my creations from the past two days. I shot the background in each image in Northern Idaho this past year and the Native American subjects are from a photo shoot I did at the Kootenai Pow Wow. All images in each piece were shot with my iPhone and combined and edited on my iPad.
“The Blessing” – ©Tracy J Thomas, 2016. All rights reserved.
My creative imagination has taken over once again and I have been having a lot of fun with photomontage. There are times when I burn out on montage work because it takes a lot of time and is pretty tedious to create on an iPhone. So, I take a little break and gravitate back towards straight photography. But since I got my iPad Mini, my eyes are far less strained and I am able to do the more tedious editing on the larger iPad screen with the remainder of editing on my iPhone.
Here are some of my recent photomontage pieces. Yes, I have a very unique and often quirky imagination. 🙂
“Remnants of a Happy Life” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2013. All rights reserved.
“The Rabbit and the Wolf” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2013. All rights reserved.
“Aliens on Holiday” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2013. All rights reserved.
“Phone Home?” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2013. All rights reserved.
Happy 4th of July to my U.S. friends! Still on the healing path and now waiting for word on the West Nile Virus antibodies test. In the meantime, I have been focused on creating art by shooting with my iPhone and doing some of the editing on my iPad. The iPad screen definitely provides relief for my strained eyes.
Below are two examples of the new direction that my photomontage are headed. My photomontage pieces take a lot longer to create than my more straightforward app’ed images, but I have definitely had a lot of time on my hands lately :-).
“Owl Medicine” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2013. All rights reserved. Apps: procamera, icolorama, pixlromatic, procreate, blender, superimpose.
“Mama Gaia” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2013. All rights reserved. Apps: procamera, icolorama, superimpose, pic grunger, pixlromatic, blender
©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.
I am beyond thrilled and honored that my iPhone piece “Rubber Band Man” has been chosen for an Honorable Mention in the Visual FX category for the Mobile Photography Awards! These awards feature the best of the best in the world of mobile photography. All those chosen in all categories will be on display at the Soho Gallery for Digital Art in New York City from February 22-28.
You can check out all the amazing works here: http://mobilephotographyblog.com/visual-fx/
“Asphyxia” – ©Tracy J. Thomas, 2012. All rights reserved.
My steampunk inspired iPhone piece “Asphyxia” made it into the “Best of 2012” on iPhoneOgenic. It is one of 60 iPhone photographs chosen out of 45,000. Quite an honor to have my work placed in the presence of some of the top iPhoneographers in the world.
You can view all the photos here.